Start your photography store - 30% off Picfair Plus!

Etch-A-Sketch Camera Anyone?

A self-taught programmer has combined a Raspberry Pi Zero with a Pocket Etch-A-Sketch to create a camera which, instead of prints, produces mini Etch-A-Sketches of what the camera 'sees'.

|  Technology
 Add Comment

 

Etch-A-Sketch - one of the most annoying, but weirdly satisfying toys, of years gone by - is back in the headlines as a self-taught programmer on YouTube has combined one with a Rasberry Pi Zero to create an 'Etch-A-Snap'. 

As the name suggests, the Etch-A-Snap is a camera that produces a sketch, on the mini Etch-A-Sketch, rather than printing a photo out. 

"It snaps photos just like any other camera, but outputs them by drawing to a Pocket Etch-A-Sketch screen," says Martin Fitzpatrick.

Now, you might be wondering why you'd want to build one but if you do want to have a go, Martin has shared a number of photos on Two Bit Arcade as well as a full list of what you'll need to make an Etch-A-Snap. 


Photos are processed down to 240x144 pixel 1-bit (black & white) line drawings which are then translated into plotter commands. The device then, rather slowly (15mins-1hr), draws out what the camera captured onto the Etch-A-Sketch screen. 

 

Etch-A-Snap

 

The Etch-A-Sketch wheels are driven by two 5V stepper motors mounted into a custom 3D printed frame and the Etch-A-Snap is powered by 4xAA batteries/3x18650 LiPo cells.

If you want to try a slightly simpler DIY project, why not have a go at these? 

 

(Via DPReview)

Support this site by shopping with one of our affiliates: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, ebay UK, Save 10% with Eversure Insurance.
*It doesn't cost you anything extra when you use these links, but it does support the site, helping keep ePHOTOzine free to use, thank you.

Other articles you might find interesting...

Sony Announce Ultra High-Resolution EVF
Canon To Sell 120mp APS-H CMOS Sensor
NASA Has Made A 'Fluid Camera' To Take Better Photographs Of The Ocean
Sony Announce BSI 150MP Medium Format Sensor
I'm Back Digital Back Kickstarter
Curved Sensor Technology Under Development
Hasselblad 100 Megapixel Aerial Camera System
Adobe Gives Us A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smartphone Portr...

There are no comments here! Be the first!


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.