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A selfie bot using a VT-220 terminal and ASCII art #ShowAndTell #Adafruit @Adafruit

On the Adafruit Show & Tell last week, Matt demonstrated his selfie bot which renders a picture in ASCII art on a vintage DEC VT-220 terminal.

The maker faire that I am going to be showing this at is the Cape Cod Maker faire on April 27th at Mashpee High School
https://capecod.makerfaire.com/ I am going as part of a group called Nifty Nate’s Computer Club. I’ve been trying to convince them to do a show and tell sometime but I have not succeeded yet.

Here is a picture and a screen capture of the terminal: https://asciinema.org/a/239054

The way the selfie terminal works is that you center your face in the circle overlayed on the video feed on the touchscreen. Press any key, then it counts down and takes the picture and displays it in ascii on the vt220 then prints the ascii and image out on the receipt printer it also prints a full page ascii image which is in far greater detail.

See the videos below for more. Great work Matt!

 

 


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