LED Etch-a-Sketch is a bright idea

See the home-made Elec-a-Sketch in action.
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Classic toy the Etch-a-Sketch has received a tech-makeover courtesy of bedroom inventor and electrical engineer Christopher Monaco.

The LED Etch-a-Sketch has a 256 dot matrix which lights up in horizontal or vertical lines as the the appropriate knobs are twiddled, just like the real thing. See the video of it in action below.

Monaco has even incorporated the toy's famous shake to start again function.

Although this prototype has a relatively primitive design, the concept has clear potential.

Earlier this year Etch-a-Sketch, manufactured by US toy maker the Ohio Art Company, enjoyed something of a resurgence when an aide of presidential candidate Mitt Romney mentioned the toy a high-profile political gaffe.

As a result of the national PR the Ohio Art Company’s share value tripled and the firm launched a social media campaign for Etch-a-Sketch, capitalising on the political publicity with slogans like “Shaking up debate”.

With the product back in the limelight, could the time be right for a new tech-enhanced version of Etch-a-Sketch?

Etch-a-Sketch is distributed by Flair in the UK.


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