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Make: Inventions “Etch A Sketch”

We’ve got a great new video series debuting today–MAKE: Inventions. You’re going to love it.

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Steve Hoefer.

In each episode, host Steve Hoefer tells the story of a landmark invention–from airbags to tumbler lock– by trying to build it. Steve starts with the original patent and along the way solves the problems of inadequate and sometimes misleading descriptions to hopefully end up with something that works.Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 3.50.10 PM

Steve has been making (and destroying) things since he could figure out which end of the hammer to swing. Over the years he has been a writer, programmer, animator, and video game designer, but now settles for the title “creative problem solver.” He has contributed projects to the pages of MAKE, including his Indestructible LED LanternsSecret-Knock Gumball Machine, and Haptic Wrist Rangefinder. We’re thrilled to have him doing this video series for us. It will air on the second Thursday of the month.

In his first episode, he take a look at the Etch A Sketch, the enduringly popular kid’s toy invented by the recently departed Andre Cassagnes. Have a look.


Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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