Amazing Etch a Sketch controlled computer

Who doesn’t remember the Etch a Sketch?  What a wonderful toy from my youth and no doubt the youth of many others.

First introduced at the apex of the post-World War 2 Baby Boom, the Etch a Sketch is one of, if not the, best known toys of that era and of all-time for that matter.

In 2003, the Toy Industry Association, yes there is such an Association, honored the Etch a Sketch with a place in its “Century of Toys List,” as one of the 100 most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century.

One lover of the Etch a Sketch has taken the toy and his computer, combining the two into one amazing creation: a computer controlled by an Etch a Sketch.

According to the creator,

“I was inspired the other day when I meandered round the internet and I saw a lot of Computer controlled etch a sketches, but not a single etch a sketch controller computer. So I put aside my other projects for a night or two and set about actually making one of these things. I’m quite pleased with the results, but you can take it for a test drive yourself, when NortHACKton go to the UK Maker Faire next month.”

So how does the Etch a Sketch modification control the computer?  Simple, a MDF frame was placed over the creator’s LCD monitor, two water bottle caps were added as the knobs of the Etch a Sketch as controllers, with the roller ball from a USB mouse added to aid in controlling the computer.

Is the modification something you’d like for your own computer?  Watch the device in action below and let us know what you think.

(source / NortHACKton)

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