ASCII uses a Raspberry Pi and camera to render live video only using the characters “.’,^*+=c"otzxe$#BW”.

Each keystroke is uniquely rendered in the style of a mechanical typewriter. An ‘ink-strike’ determines the intensity of the key-press. Any misalignment is calculated along with smudges and ink-bleeding. Occasionally, it makes a transpositional typo. The underlying font is a digitised version of IBM’s Selectric typewriter (‘Courier New’).

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Music: flembaz

A selfie generated with ASCII.
The raspberry pi powered sensing uints.
ASCII Installed at the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns.