By David Ponce
There’s a project getting some steam on Kickstarter that would bring back the old timey joys of the Etch-A-Sketch for the iPad generation. Granted, there may be kids out there who have no idea what we’re talking about, but those of you who played with one back when this was the toy to have will be pleased to know about the lengths that the team behind this is going to in order to preserve the authentic feel of the original. It’s called The Etcher and is a special case for all three generations of iPads that would emulate the toy. And although it’s not set in stone, as it would entail higher fabrication costs, the Ohio Art company (makers of the toy, and owners of the trademark) have expressed willingness to manufacture it. And even if they don’t end up making it, they’ve already granted a license, and quite enthusiastically. A lot of effort is going into small details, such as programming a stylus that is visible underneath the line being drawn, as well as the line getting darker with multiple passes of this stylus, just like in the original. And it would work pretty much as you’d imagine, except with some added iPad perks. For example, shaking the thing would erase your image, but it wouldn’t have to be gone for good; you could save it or share it with friends.
At the moment you can pre-order yours on Kickstarter (and help contribute to their reaching their funding goal) for $60. Estimated shipping would be sometime in October of this year.