What was once a very popular mechanical drawing toy on the market in the 1960s, Etch A Sketch, is now a digital drawing toy for Apple’s (News - Alert) iPad iOS 3.2 or later iOS versions. It will work with all standard iPads (1, 2 and 3). Look for the "official" Etch A Sketch application at the iTunes App Store and the Headcase Etch A Sketch Hard Case for iPad at Amazon.
The Etcher case with functional knobs, which still resembles the original bright-red plastic case and the two-functional knob interface to draw, allows those with the iPad to re-experience the classic child’s sketch pad on their iPad device. Again, one needs the iPad Etch-a-Sketch app and case to be able to draw.
The Kickstarter project Etcher team has done everything possible to make customers re-live the experience of using the original toy and create Etch A Sketch-style drawings, even though the sketches are in digital format. The benefits of an Etch A Sketch digital drawing toy is that users can save their drawings; in addition, they can share their sketch work with family and friends by email, post them to Facebook, and/or upload them to Flickr or YouTube (News - Alert).
The Etcher team has used similar features, added improvements, and made it possible to create animations. They have taken a favorite childhood toy and made it a functional iPad entertainment app; one that they think will be a big hit for adults as well.
Having the Etch A Sketch on the iPad feels exactly like the mechanical toy, says those who designed it. Making Etch-A-Sketches is easy; people still need to use the knobs to be able to draw horizontal and vertical lines; if users want a really dark line, they must go back and forth over it. Erasing sketches still consists of having users shake the screen to delete their work. It is just like using the real Etch A Sketch mechanical toy, invented by French inventor André Cassagnes in the 50s, and introduced in the 60s. All ages can now enjoy this evergreen toy.
Edited by Brooke Neuman