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(Dvice)   What if an Etch-A-Sketch used LED light? One artist decided to find out   (dvice.com) divider line 33
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2012-08-06 01:38:18 PM
That's juts kind of sad. I was thinking a back lit etch-a-sketch, but even if you did what this guy did, the "resolution" is crap. What can you really draw? Tetris blocks?
 
2012-08-06 01:46:34 PM
Mitt would be much more power efficient?

/DNRTFA
 
2012-08-06 02:55:21 PM
Well that was just a waste of everyones time. His and ours for clicking the link.
 
2012-08-06 02:56:31 PM
This is actually closer to a Lite-Brite. Make the LEDs color selectable and you got it.
 
2012-08-06 02:59:01 PM
Jingly keys were more entertaining than that. The subby should feel bad, and the artist.
 
2012-08-06 02:59:56 PM
My guess is you'd have a really high tech, yet still super boring, toy.
 
2012-08-06 03:01:10 PM
Meh
 
2012-08-06 03:04:21 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Meh
 
2012-08-06 03:05:15 PM
That's.... dumb.
 
2012-08-06 03:06:42 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Mitt would be much more power efficient?


Mitt: Electric Boogaloo
 
2012-08-06 03:18:16 PM

Jareth Cutestory: [imacreatorwithmyanimator.jpg image 636x600]

Meh


ednakrabappel.jpg

Hah!

/ No pic because even a Safe Search GIS for Edna Krabappel is disturbing
// WTF is wrong with you people
 
2012-08-06 03:22:10 PM
technabob.com
 
2012-08-06 03:25:50 PM
Heading to Kickstarter in 3...2...1...
 
2012-08-06 03:28:15 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Well that was just a waste of everyones time. His and ours for clicking the link.


I was almost as underwhelmed as I was when I saw Total Recall this weekend.
 
2012-08-06 03:31:00 PM

andyofne: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Well that was just a waste of everyones time. His and ours for clicking the link.

I was almost as underwhelmed as I was when I saw Total Recall this weekend.


Is Total Recall that bad? I don't want to pay 10 bucks a ticket if I'm better off waiting for it on Redbox
 
2012-08-06 03:48:33 PM

CodeRedEd: This is actually closer to a Lite-Brite. Make the LEDs color selectable and you got it.


so, over the course of several decades, we have made a crappier, less energy efficient device that's heavier and takes up more space.
 
2012-08-06 03:57:46 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: andyofne: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Well that was just a waste of everyones time. His and ours for clicking the link.

I was almost as underwhelmed as I was when I saw Total Recall this weekend.

Is Total Recall that bad? I don't want to pay 10 bucks a ticket if I'm better off waiting for it on Redbox


I'm sure there are worse movies out there but it just didn't do it for me and I usually enjoy almost any kind of Sci-Fi movie.
 
2012-08-06 03:59:58 PM
I bet you could make something that worked more like an etch-a-sketch with light; that wasn't it.

Wasn't there a toy that was kind of similar, where you pressed on it and it left colors on the surface until you wiped it? I swear I had something like that as a kid. If they upgraded that toy I bet it would be awesome. If it existed.
 
2012-08-06 04:01:29 PM
Wow, I wrote a computer program that did this with arrow keys on the TRS-80 back in 1979.

I was envisioning a device that physically moved an LED around with knobs, leaving perhaps a glowing image on a screen.
 
2012-08-06 04:22:22 PM

pute kisses like a man: CodeRedEd: This is actually closer to a Lite-Brite. Make the LEDs color selectable and you got it.

so, over the course of several decades, we have made a crappier, less energy efficient device that's heavier and takes up more space.


Maybe, but it's harder to lose those damn pegs!

/They should add bluetooth
//Everyone likes bluetooth
 
2012-08-06 04:23:10 PM

Jareth Cutestory: [upload.wikimedia.org image 636x600]

Meh


Damn, i had one of those! spent days just to make a guy running.
 
2012-08-06 04:47:18 PM

Jareth Cutestory: [upload.wikimedia.org image 636x600]

Meh


So much this! "The Animator" was one of my favorites growing up.
 
2012-08-06 04:50:00 PM
MS Paint on a tablet?

/got nothin
 
2012-08-06 06:21:07 PM

CodeRedEd: This is actually closer to a Lite-Brite. Make the LEDs color selectable and you got it.


If you want to make a direct comparison, a lite bright would be more along the lines of how we used to make low res graphics on the apple IIe's back in elementary school computer lab.

I've heard of folks talking about how lite-brite should be updated with LED's but I simply don't see the point in that.. what are you doing? making the pegs into LED's? having a selectable LED matrix across the viewing area? how would you interact with it?

too complicated for the devices overall concept. you want an LED lite-brite? then put an LED bulb back there!

And besides... burying the pegs into the shag carpet for your parents to "find" was part of the fun!


The impresiveness of the device from the article is the program he made to follow the trim pot inputs to make a persistant LED trail on the LED matrix. probably actually not that hard of a code to come up with. and then the packaging was nice. but it follows the "concept" of a etch-a-sketch.

change the LED matrix to 3mm LED's or a tablet sized LCD display, and we are on to something.
 
2012-08-06 06:25:36 PM
www.download-central.ws

QBASIC did it.
 
2012-08-06 07:03:04 PM

timujin: That's juts kind of sad. I was thinking a back lit etch-a-sketch, but even if you did what this guy did, the "resolution" is crap. What can you really draw? Tetris blocks?


Jebus, it's just a proof of concept, not a product. Nothing to be sad over. Hacks do stuff like this just for the sake of doing it, because it's fun and a little bit amusing, too. Not because they're actually trying to replicate the power of a fully operational Etch-O-Sketch.
 
2012-08-06 07:11:01 PM
Stupid bile-filled thread is stupid and bile-filled.

"It's ugly, and there's a commercial product that's more fun. Therefore it sucks, and whoever did it sucks. And my saying so makes me cool."
 
2012-08-06 07:14:49 PM

Jareth Cutestory: [upload.wikimedia.org image 636x600]

Meh


I loved that thing! Always wished it could do more spent many an hour doodling with it.
 
2012-08-06 08:25:05 PM
superradnow.files.wordpress.com

1967 called.

(and wanted to know what a LED is)
 
2012-08-06 09:18:44 PM

LemSkroob: Jareth Cutestory: [upload.wikimedia.org image 636x600]

Meh

Damn, i had one of those! spent days just to make a guy running.


Yeah, I had a problem trying to do that too. Then a problem with the adjustment knobs not working happened.
 
2012-08-06 10:01:50 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Stupid bile-filled thread is stupid and bile-filled.

"It's ugly, and there's a commercial product that's more fun. Therefore it sucks, and whoever did it sucks. And my saying so makes me cool."


YEAH!!!! TELL 'EM! then KICK THEM!!
 
2012-08-07 12:39:09 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: timujin: That's juts kind of sad. I was thinking a back lit etch-a-sketch, but even if you did what this guy did, the "resolution" is crap. What can you really draw? Tetris blocks?

Jebus, it's just a proof of concept, not a product. Nothing to be sad over. Hacks do stuff like this just for the sake of doing it, because it's fun and a little bit amusing, too. Not because they're actually trying to replicate the power of a fully operational Etch-O-Sketch.


Sure, but it's a poorly executed proof-of-concept.
 
2012-08-07 12:33:28 PM
there sure are a lot of whiny biatches in this thread. When is the last time you created something new, or recreated something that you knew as a child into something different as an adult? Instead of creating you tear down and biatch and moan about something someone else did that you can't do. Just give the guy props for being creative.
 
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