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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

AppleMark Avatar
117 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:
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DanielCoffey Avatar
117 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
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
reden Avatar
117 months ago
Buy the real etch a sketch, make drawings, take picture, share with friends.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shartypants Avatar
117 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!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fandongo Avatar
117 months ago
Worst toy ever.
However, it is a cool case...

It's smart to disguise $700 toys as $10 toys.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steppanwolf Avatar
117 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
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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