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November 23, 2009

Hack a Sketch – Computer based Etch a Sketch

at 4:07 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks


The guys over at the Project Lab have made a cool Computer based Etch a Sketch project called Hack a Sketch. Looks like it works just like a real one. This project is basically the reverse of this Etch a Sketch hack that we have seen before.

Thanks for the tip Jack.

"An Arduino board reads the inputs from two potentiometers (the knobs), and sends the information via USB to a Processing sketch which displays the path of the stylus on the screen. This was extremely easy to build because the Arduino is just running the StandardFirmata firmware."

Hack-a-Sketch from nootropicdesign on Vimeo.


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5 Responses to “Hack a Sketch – Computer based Etch a Sketch”

  1. ivo Says:

    lol this is too cute

  2. Quincy Says:

    Great post, thanks!!

  3. Step-a-Sketch - PIC 16f84a based CNC controlled Etch a Sketch Toy - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    [...] motors to draw a 2D image on the Etch a Sketch. We have seen a similar project before and the same project in reverse, something about a toy from my childhood brought to life with modern electronics that is a pleasure [...]

  4. NortHACKton Etch a Sketch Computer - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    [...] something cool to Maker Faire UK next month and came up with this Etch a Sketch Computer, we have seen similar creations before but this one gets props for how simple it has been hacked [...]

  5. Paul Says:

    LMAO.. This is great. It reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon.

    The manager calls Dilbert into his office because he cannot get his laptop to reboot.

    Dilbert comes in and says… “Remember, you have to hold it upside and shake it”…

    It was a ‘etch a sketch’… lol

    Great post, thanks.

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