I share Oh Gizmo‘s skepticism about this “Etch-A-Sketch Wired,” which emulates the function of the traditional toy on your television screen right down to the “shake to clear.” It is a little sad to see something as simple as an Etch-A-Sketch go digital, especially when no additional functionality seems to have been added. (But then again, what would you want?)
It’s only $13, though, so no big whoop, I guess, especially since I always sort of hated Etch-A-Sketches anyway, being just as impatient as a toddler as I am as an adult. It just always seemed like a gimmicky way to produce drawings with less fidelity and more finickiness than with a pencil. I guess it does seem like if you’re going to make a modern version you should either add something new, like a print-out function, or just do it in Flash and make it collaborative.