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June 22, 2014 6:15 AM   Subscribe

Take neat 4-colour selfies at the INTERSTELLAR SELFIE STATION

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"What's really rad about it is that with 4 colours, it's impossible to take a super-detailed picture. None of that ridiculous ten billion megapixel shots of your pores and uneven complexion; every picture you take with it looks super-flattering, every time. #nofilters"
posted by Quilford (17 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Warning: it tries to activate the camera on your computer.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:57 AM on June 22


Yeees. I should mention, it's for you to take selfies with.
posted by Quilford at 7:03 AM on June 22


[Added "selfies" description to text per request.]
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:13 AM on June 22


Ah, ok, I am seeing it now. Cute!

The link requires Flash, and it'll ask to use your camera, and then you'll get a fun little low-res image. (Note that if you don't have Flash running, the link that appears to the artist's main page leads to NSFW drawings.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:27 AM on June 22


So I either get cute selfies OR pictures of butts or something? Best of the web, ahoy!
posted by blnkfrnk at 9:13 AM on June 22


It's like gameboy camera for 2014!
posted by buriednexttoyou at 9:14 AM on June 22


Oh gosh, this is amazing & adorable.
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:15 AM on June 22


This is a new laptop and my first with a camera. Call me paranoid but I just can't do it. I can't give access to my camera and microphone to a stranger. Sorry. Why microphone access for a picture anyway?
posted by Splunge at 9:17 AM on June 22


Call me paranoid but I just can't do it. I can't give access to my camera and microphone to a stranger. Sorry. Why microphone access for a picture anyway?

They need the microphone to listen in on the commands the CIA is sending to you via the fillings in your teeth. (Well, you did ask to be called paranoid.)
posted by yoink at 9:50 AM on June 22


convert foo.jpg -resize 50% -dither None -colors 4 foo.gif

(or, if you like, +dither, or something else...)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:01 AM on June 22 [3 favorites]


And if you don't have a camera and are not quite sure what's going on so you start clicking around to make something happens it gets _real_ NSFW.
posted by achrise at 10:54 AM on June 22


Christine Love previously previously previously and previously.

Interstellar Selfie Station is going to be coming out on iOS and Android at some point and I'm SUPER EXCITED.
posted by silby at 1:21 PM on June 22


This is a self-post, but if you'd rather dither a image to four color CGA, you can use this shitty form or some commandline magic.
posted by cellphone at 1:35 PM on June 22


Ugh, that SNATCHER parody image is dreadful.
posted by Redfield at 1:43 PM on June 22


Flattering? With my complexion, I come out looking like an elderly banana.
posted by scruss at 2:09 PM on June 22


This is a new laptop and my first with a camera. Call me paranoid but I just can't do it. I can't give access to my camera and microphone to a stranger. Sorry. Why microphone access for a picture anyway?

As i remember flash doesn't let you request the camera without the mic. you can do mike, or mike and camera.

I might be wrong, but that's how i remember it working. I seriously doubt it's even interfacing with the mic at all.
posted by emptythought at 7:36 PM on June 22


> convert foo.jpg -resize 50% -dither None -colors 4 foo.gif

If you have NetPBM, I think this is closer:
anytopnm infile.jpg | pnmscale -xsize 160 |\
 ppmdither -red 4 -green 4 -blue 4 | ppmtopgm  |\ 
 pnmremap -mapfile <(echo P3 4 1 255 108 108 78 142 139 97 195 196 165 227 230 201) |\
 pnmscale -nomix 2 | pnmtopng > outfile.png
The keys are the small image size (160 px wide), ordered dither, 4-colour sepia colourmap, then a final resize to double the width and height.
posted by scruss at 7:52 PM on June 22


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