Etch A Sketch gets a DIY tech upgrade
It’s easy to forget sometimes that the fundamentals behind laser cutting and 3d printing have been with us for many years now. When André Cassagnes dreamed up what was to become the Etch A Sketch in the 1950s, this wonderfully simple plotting tool became a much loved favourite toy for generations.
As André himself did (the story goes, that he developed the original L’Ecran Magique while tinkering in his basement), modern-day hardware hacker Alpinedelta32 has put his own twist on the toy that lets you draw without ever touching the surface itself.
Combining a repurposed NES controller that he wired up to an Arduino board, this adaptation uses stepper motors to mechanically drive the Etch A Sketch dials.
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So, now you can control the little line without even having to touch the surface… oh, wait. Wasn’t it already doing that?
Ahh, the joys of hardware hacking. Sometimes the simple fact that you can do it is reason enough. As one comment at the source article says, next we need to see someone hook this Arduino powered controller up to some Rock ’em Sock ’em robots…