Turn Your Webcam Feed Into Real-Time ASCII Art

April 2, 2014 | Andy Cush

Get ready to be ASCII-ized: a web app by Eric Fredricksen takes input from your webcam and turns whatever it sees into a stream of text characters in real-time. Before your eyes, you’re transformed into a work ASCII video art, made of asterisks, tildes, colons, and the like.

Most impressively, ASCII cam doesn’t just render out a streaming video that looks like text — all those dots and letters are displayed characters, and as such, can be copied and pasted if you want to freeze a particular moment.

Fredrickson appears to have published the app in 2012, but recently, he posted it in a Reddit thread about a different ASCII image converter.

Here it is in action.