September 07, 2012

"Compy Sketch" - bringing Etch-A-Sketch into the 21st century

 Engineer Alan Argondizza has recreated the popular Etch-a-Sketch childrens' toy and made it much more user-friendly by way of an Arduino board, external circuitry and a PC. Instead of controlling an original board, or making their own - his "Compy Sketch" has knobs which are read by an Arduino wihch sends the commands off to the PC. The resulting works of art are then displayed on a custom piece of software that Alan has developed and made available for three main platforms. You can even save your work for later review - something the original could never do...

For more information on the Compy Sketch visit Alan's page. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

Thinking of embedding an Arduino-compatible board in your next project? Consider using the Freetronics LeoStick:

 Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. Plus you can add extra circuitry with the matching protostick! For more information and to order, click here.

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