"Visual design is often the polar opposite of engineering: trading hard edges for subjective decisions based on gut feelings and personal experiences. It’s messy, unpredictable, and notoriously hard to measure. The apparently erratic behavior of artists drives engineers bananas. Their decisions seem arbitrary and risk everything with no guaranteed benefit."
- Scott Stevenson
November 23, 2010
What is it? Who knows. This idea came to me in the middle of the night after researching Arduinos and finding out they're compatible with Flash. I smell exciting electronic art projects in the air.
You'll need a webcam hooked up to your computer to try it out. It basically grabs a feed from the web cam, extracts each pixels brightness then draws a grid of specific characters based on that pixels luma. Adding rotation to the mix helped bring out more details than the initial prototype because a luma value between 50-100 would have looked the exact same. Now you can pickup details based on rotation. What can we use this for? If it were faster, we could use it as the background of a Flash website. Users could choose between a variety of these "filters" and take snap shots, record themselves being silly, etc.
Immediate use? No. Future use? Hopefully.
Check it out for yourself.