Old Meets New With Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Thursday May 10, 2012 10:05 AM PDT by Jordan Golson
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: 32 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: 32 months ago
Buy the real etch a sketch, make drawings, take picture, share with friends.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 32 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: 2 Votes
Posted: 32 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: 32 months ago
I just showed my wife this story and she said "I want one of those. You can buy me one for Christmas"
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 32 months ago

Of course, it erases if you shake it.


to be truly authentic you should have to turn the iPad upside down to erase :p
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Posted: 32 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 must keep in mind......a HUGE part of that $60 is gonna go to Ohio Art, the company that owns Etch a Sketch.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 32 months ago
Worst toy ever.
However, it is a cool case...

It's smart to disguise $700 toys as $10 toys.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 32 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: 1 Votes
Posted: 32 months ago
never really gone for this kind of...tat.
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