April 03, 2013

Control an "Etch-a-sketch" with stepper motors and Arduino

 April is starting to look like "Etch-a-sketch" month with the second project in as many days appearing. This example by Instructables user "e024576" uses an Arduino to replicate the user. This is accomplished by adding stepper motors to the control knobs, and mounting the entire device in a sling that can be flipped over to erase the screen. Here's a video of a drawing taking place:

... and here it is being erased:

That's pretty awesome, and an interesting demonstration of how devices can be converted to Arduino control. Find out more at the project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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