DIY Etch A Sketch Creates Tiny Zen Gardens Instead of Crappy Drawings

Using the Etch A Sketch for drawing or doodling is exactly what the toy was designed for—and it's also what it's completely terrible at. You might as well be tying your hands behind your back when you trade a pencil for a pair of knobs, but Jonathan Odom has found a way to turn the Etch A Sketch's weaknesses into… » 3/24/15 3:15pm 3/24/15 3:15pm

A Stop-Motion Etch A Sketch Made of Dominoes Is Even Harder To Draw With

To help promote its online store that sells nothing but tiny plastic bricks, Bulk Dominoes enlisted the help of the extremely patient FlippyCat to build a giant Etch A Sketch that only works through the magic of stop motion. But it's the perfect way to represent just what a pain it is to draw anything recognizable on… » 3/05/15 5:52pm 3/05/15 5:52pm

An Etch A Sketch Laser Cutter Makes Your Crappy Drawings Permanent

A useful hack can be a wonderful lifesaver, but sometimes an utterly pointless hack can be just as great. For no other reason than they could (and maybe to celebrate International Arduino Day), the folks at Just Add Sharks hacked a laser cutter to be controlled by an Etch A Sketch. » 4/01/14 7:00pm 4/01/14 7:00pm

Watch This Etch A Sketch Tell the Story of Its Inventor

Drawing on an Etch A Sketch is hard. Well, it is if you want to do more than just make a horrible mess of angularity. But the squarish beauty of the line-drawing toy is put to great use in this clever little animation that tells the story of André Cassagnes, its inventor. » 12/28/13 8:23pm 12/28/13 8:23pm

How to Make Your Own DIY Etch A Sketch

It's human nature to immediately pick up and play with an Etch A Sketch whenever you see one. It's in the Hall of Fame of toys (does that exist?) and almost everyone has struggled making anything more than squiggly lines with its knobs. But did you know that you can actually make an Etch A Sketch toy at home? Yeah. » 5/22/13 8:00pm 5/22/13 8:00pm

Why Etch-A-Sketch Alone? Collaborate With Connect-A-Sketch

The Etch-A-Sketch has endured for years as a beloved drawing toy for children and adults alike. It's even been taken into the third dimension. But it's always been such a solitary activity...until now. » 4/29/11 2:40am 4/29/11 2:40am

World's First Single-Electron Transistor Works Like a Teeny, Tiny…

It's amazing what an electron can do. Researchers, lead by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, have built the world's first operational single-electron transistor, the SketchSET, which could become an essential component of all sorts of futuristic technologies; from super-dense, high-capacity solid-state drives… » 4/18/11 11:20pm 4/18/11 11:20pm

Shake Those iPads Clean and Make Way For the $3 Etch A Sketch HD App

Considering the iPad is the perfect size for creating artwork your Mummy would've stuck on the fridge 20 years ago, it's surprising it's taken this long for an official Etch A Sketch HD app. Those wasted Etch A Sketch cases... » 10/20/10 5:20am 10/20/10 5:20am

This Bizarre Music Video Breathes Creepy New Life Into All Your…

How can a music video made exclusively OF shots of classic toys like Etch-a-Sketch and Play-Doh be the most strange, unsettling thing I've seen today? A whole lot of latent violence, that's how! Don't show this to your kids. [Vimeo] » 10/07/10 9:20pm 10/07/10 9:20pm

Official Etch-A-Sketch iPad Case Makes "Shake To Undo" More Obvious

Remember when the iPad first came out there were all those Etch-A-Sketch jokes? Now you can own the punchline for only $40. Sadly, the knobs do nothing. Even more sadly, the official Etch-A-Sketch app has iffy reviews. [GetAHeadCase.com] » 9/20/10 6:00pm 9/20/10 6:00pm

Toys That Inspired Scientific Breakthroughs

Anyone who reads Giz with any sort of regularity knows that we don't try to hide our affinity for toys. But for some brainiacs, toys like the Etch-a-Sketch aren't just diversions, they're launching pads for important scientific discoveries. » 3/27/10 9:08am 3/27/10 9:08am

Splayed, Splendid

Photographer Adam Vorhees has a new hobby he'd like to share with everybody! It involves dismantling everyday objects and spreading them apart into lovely dioramas. Everyday objects like miniature Etch a Sketches, semiautomatic handguns, rotary telephones, and plasticized dead frogs. » 2/17/10 9:00pm 2/17/10 9:00pm

DIY Laptop Etch-A-Sketch is Almost Worth Destroying a Hard Drive

I think my hard drive flinched in fear when I pulled up these instructions for turning a laptop into an Etch-A-Sketch. How could it not when the project is a freakin' awesome Arduino-powered Hack-A-Sketch that you actually shake to erase. » 11/23/09 8:40pm 11/23/09 8:40pm

Etch-a-Sketch iPhone Case Is Almost Too Adorable

I don't know why, but I'm such a sucker for handcrafted iPhone cases that look like other gadgets. First the Playstation case and now an Etch-a-Sketch. It's just so cute! [Etsy via iPhone Savior via Geeky Gadgets via Nerd Approved] » 9/08/09 12:40pm 9/08/09 12:40pm

What in the Hell Is This Thing? A Skateboard Etch-A-Sketch?

MAKE calls this a huge XY table. Crunchgear thinks it's kind of a mouse-controlled Etch-A-Sketch. All I know is, it uses a mouse, three skateboards and an Arduino microcontroller. But for what purpose? » 8/13/09 11:30pm 8/13/09 11:30pm

I Want to Trip With this Wondrous 3D Etch-a-Sketch

I love me Wacoms as much as I love me bacons, but this Sketch3D—which you can use to draw in three dimensions using three dials and two-color eyeglasses—has got my heart: » 8/07/09 8:00pm 8/07/09 8:00pm

How to Draw a Circle with Etch-A-Sketch

Stupid Inventions found a way to solve one of the problems that been haunting the United States and half of the world since the holiday season of 1960: How the hell do you draw a circle with an Etch-A-Sketch? » 8/04/09 5:00pm 8/04/09 5:00pm

World's First High Definition, Net-Enabled Etch A Sketch for Giants

Using the front screen of 52-inch rear-projection Mitsubishi TV as their drawing board, here's a fully-working Etch A Sketch that can hopefully be controlled by doodlers over the Internet some day soon. » 5/13/09 11:00pm 5/13/09 11:00pm

Working Etch-a-Sketch Costume Really Lets You Draw Boobies on This Guy

I've never been a fan of billboard-type costumes—"I'm a lame YouTube video" or "I'm an iPhone"—but this giant Etch-a-Sketch costume is excellent. And » 11/10/08 3:00pm 11/10/08 3:00pm it actually works. No, it's not filled with aluminum powder (that could get dicey). It simplifies the setup to using a marker and glass, but the complicated rod and…