Do you play so much Super Mario Bros. that everything you look at turns into a potential level? Well, this in-development desktop application could be for you.
Aaron Randall is working on Screentendo, an application that turns whatever you’re looking at into breakable blocks with a playable Mario onscreen.
The way it works is pretty interesting. After you overlay a semi-transparent window over whatever you’re looking at, the app then processes the image to generate a level. It overlays Mario’s sprite and background and throws in a physics engine to make it all work. Randall’s blog post goes into much greater detail.
Although this is a cool idea, it’s still a proof of concept—not something you can use right now. Rendering is a bit slow (it works best with images with a lot of contrast), and the physics could use some more work. For those who are curious and have some technical know-how, the source code is available here.