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ASCII Street View: Look at the Matrix

by Lambert Varias
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Here’s a fun and trippy hack made by programmer Peter Nitsch. Nitsch’s website converts feed from Google’s Street View to ASCII art in real time. You can also search for locations, just like in the vanilla web app. And yep, it has a “green mode.”

ascii street view by peter nitsch

Here’s a closer look at that shot:

ascii street view by peter nitsch 2

And here’s the Matrix mode:

ascii street view by peter nitsch 3

You really should see it for yourself. Nitsch recommends using Chrome or Firefox 8 and above. The characters change as the view slowly pans. It’s like looking at the world from the point of view of a computer.

[via Waxy]

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