Unless being covered in impossible-to-clean metal shavings is your idea of a good time, leave this experiment to the professionals.
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…
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…
As long as it's existed the Etch-A-Sketch has been sold as a drawing toy, but in reality that couldn't be a more inaccurate description. Using two twisty knobs is just about the least intuitive way to draw there is, and while the challenge is obviously part of the toy's long-lasting appeal, these Etch-A-Sketch-themed…
How much love does Firefly inspire? Enough to make cartoonist Boulet sit down with his Etch A Sketch and draw this single-line Firefly scene, with Serenity sitting in the background.
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.
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.
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…
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]
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.
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.
The Etch-A-Sketch Freestyle aims to eliminate those wobbly, pixel-edged circles that occur on the original. It's cheating.
I suppose it could be used as an inexact Etch-A-Sketch, using three skateboards for linear movement, but it seems like an awful lot of effort (and space—it must take up an entire garage!) for that. So help me out: What could this thing be used for? Should I be scared or excited? [MAKE via Crunchgear]