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Old Meets New With Etch A Sketch iPad Case

The Etch A Sketch has been a cultural icon for more than 50 years. These days, the iPad has replaced the red tablet as the cultural icon, but a new Kickstarter project aims to combine the two.

Etchasketch
The Etcher combines a red iPad case complete with sketching knobs and an app that completes the Etch A Sketch experience. They have even obtained a license from Ohio Art, the company that makes the real Etch A Sketch. Of course, it erases if you shake it.
We are negotiating with a number of contract manufacturers. The most intriguing option is Ohio Art's invitation for us to use the same factory that manufactures the classic Etch A Sketch. Although it is more expensive than some the other options, we like the fact that they already know and understand Etch A Sketch. For instance, they know exactly what color red to use for the plastic--they simply use the same plastic they use in production!

The team behind the Etcher is aiming to fulfill the first orders by the end of October and they plan to publish an open source SDK for accessing the Etcher's controls from within other iOS apps.

The Etcher is available for preorder on Kickstarter for $60, with free shipping within the United States.

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Posted: 30 months ago

Buy the real etch a sketch, make drawings, take picture, share with friends.


So I have drafted up what I need.


- a real etch a sketch - $15
- a camera of some sort (lets not get carried away with a DSLR tripods studio lighting and a macro lense some kind of canon digital cam for $200-$400 is enough. I am going to go for the CANON IXUS 125 HS - the best price I found was $299)

+

- a laptop lets get a macbook $1000 (potential free wifi @ mcdonalds) = win

or

- a computer iMac ($1200 shopped around at the apple refurb store) + (modem + ISP fees potential 24 month contract = $1500)


** the laptop would be best as you could use a USB prepaid wireless internet dongle, setting up the internet contract would take time, getting someone from the ISP to connect your internet, waiting for the telcos to get back to you and rip you off with something you could have done without is also a lengthy process and costly.


- **** it the internet will cost way to much I will print out my photograph using the $129.95 "add a printer" option when I buy my mac I have gone with the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One AirPrint Printer. And post it out to my family and friends via DHL couriering that way I know they will get it.

wait...

- come to think of it I need that tripod to get perfect photos to send to friends, otherwise it undersells my sketching achievements. Lets not go over budget here and invest $25 on a Joby Gorillapod Tripod.


Yeah **** buying an iPap + $60 etch a sketch.

Come to think of it i could save money on just buying an iPad and a etch a sketch for $600. I would probably save a lot of time also
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

So I can buy a real etch a sketch for $15, or a simulator for iPad for $60?

Riiigggghhhht.

Oh wait, but with this one I can save the files, share them on Facebook, and make my mom proud of me? Until someone points out I paid $60 for an etch a sketch.

Brought to you by the people at iCrazy. What do you want to bet they sell a ton?


You don't get it, do you..
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
Buy the real etch a sketch, make drawings, take picture, share with friends.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
I hated this when I was a kid, never could learn how to draw anything with those limited controls. Why in hell would you want to limit the iPad to those two knobs to draw something!?? Just buy a nice paint/sketch app and not be limited!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
Takes me back. Great toy, when I was a kid.

However if iPads were available when I was a kid and I was privileged to own one; I do not think an etch-a-sketch, or a etch-a-sketch simulator would get more than a few minutes of my time before I played a 'real game' on my iPad...:)

Not knocking the toy or it's concept, but it is a little like buying your child a PS Vita or 3DS and expecting them to play Breakout or Hangman on it.

Remind me again how much the simulator costs again....? :eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
So I can buy a real etch a sketch for $15, or a simulator for iPad for $60?

Riiigggghhhht.

Oh wait, but with this one I can save the files, share them on Facebook, and make my mom proud of me? Until someone points out I paid $60 for an etch a sketch.

Brought to you by the people at iCrazy. What do you want to bet they sell a ton?
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

People think that Etch-A-Sketch is a kid's toy... until they see pictures like these...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/4345168/Etch-A-Sketch-art-portraits-of-Barack-Obama-by-George-Vlosich.html


Or, you could grab a pencil and draw something 10 times better. Etch-A-Sketch was the dumbest toy ever and I am very happy my parents never bought me one. It would always be in an abandoned corner at my friend's homes. I hope the best for the Kickstarter project, but looking at the product just makes me cringe.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
People think that Etch-A-Sketch is a kid's toy... until they see pictures like these...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/4345168/Etch-A-Sketch-art-portraits-of-Barack-Obama-by-George-Vlosich.html
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
Hate to break it to the kickstarters, but they might want to research a product before they try to get money for one.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/e6e2/?srp=1
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
Etch-A-Sketch was the toy that everybody had, but few actually had the skill to really use. Patience, coordination, visualization & detailed planning. The more you'd draw, the higher the stakes... one wrong move and it was all ruined. I can't think of a more demanding toy for a kid.

I'd probably get a couple for my nieces. They prefer challenging things like that over running around shooting things.
Rating: 1 Votes

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