A little bit of modding will let you take selfies on a calculator

Have you ever been sitting around snapping countless selfies of yourself while sipping on a triple-shot, no foam, soy, mochalattéccino and thought, “I love taking selfies, but I just wish there was a less simple way of doing it”? You are in luck, because with a bit of technical tinkering you can actually take selfies on a graphing calculator.

ArTICAM is a new project from the mind of Christopher Mitchell, and it lets you do just that. All you need is a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator, a GameBoy camera, and a programmable Arduino board. All that’s required is a little bit of wiring and the installation of some ready-made code and you should be good to go.

The end result is a 128×123 greyscale picture that probably isn’t going to win any awards (it is a GameBoy Camera after all), and can’t be posted on Instagram. Although if you did, you’d probably have a bunch of people demanding to know which filter you used.

All the pieces are relatively easy to get hold of, and if you’re going to attempt it please just do it so that you can. For the love of all that is holy please don’t go wandering around snapping pictures of yourself with a calculator.

Tom Pritchard