Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: Web Toys

Online browser-based projects which you can play or create with from the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr archive:



Developed by Emilio Gomariz and Kim Asendorf (under the guise MAADONNA), you can drag an image from your desktop into the page to be transformed into a matrix of animated icons. There are various sets including classic animated emoticons (both Western and Japanese) and sprite blocks from old Nintendo games (such as Super Mario Brothers, pictured above).

You can try it out for yourself here.
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Similar to YATTA! is this piece which can convert your image into a matrix made up of Facebook icons (Webcam needed).

Try it out here.
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Streetview Stereographic

This webtoy takes Google Streetview photographic images and turns them into 'Little Worlds' style fisheye panoramas. It has even been used to create videos, here by Halcob

You can try it out here
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ASCII Streetview

Another Streetview project, this one turns it's photographic panoramas into ASCII text characters (including new data which is captured inside buildings)

Try it out here
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Made by Tim Holam, this tool allows you to draw with words, sentences and paragraphs. You can choose whatever text you wish to use, change it's colour, and save the results.

You can try it out here and view Tim's other projects here.


Fun webcam toy by Felix Turner turns your visual feed into a trippy 3D mesh, running on HTML5 in your browser (Note: Only works with Chrome and Opera).

Try it out here
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Webcam Displacement

Another webcam toy, this by Mr.doob (aka Ricardo Cabello) which turns the visual feed into pseudo-3D forms (Chrome required).

Try it out here
[PK Link]

Other Links:

  • WebGL Webcam Dithering - Turns your webcam feed into older-styled dithered output (Chrome required)
  • Kittydar: Applies facial recognition to images of cats
  • Snappytree: Create and export 3D models of virtual trees
  • Silk: A highly polished and simple generative drawing toy
  • Eyebeam Generator: Send it a photo, and using a facial recognition algorithm, will output the same photo with laserbeams coming out of the subject's eyes