NES Controller Interface for Etch A Sketch

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YouTuber Alpinedelta32 created this simple but fun retro remix by combining a Nintendo Entertainment System controller with an Etch A Sketch. The drawing toy’s knobs are rotated by 12 volt stepper motors and they’re controlled with the d-pad of the NES controller. Behind the scenes he has an Arduino for motor control and a computer power supply to provide the 12 volts needed by the steppers. I’m guessing the next logical step is to rig the start button to flip the Etch A Sketch over and shake away the drawing. [via Engadget]


6 thoughts on “NES Controller Interface for Etch A Sketch

  1. Justin Forposting says:

    Neat idea.   Needs a cheat code:  up – up, down-down, left-right B = draw Mario

    1. John Wood says:


  2. kevin huff says:

    a thought on a future upgrade, if you didn’t already add it… An SD card that stored a recording of each drawing session would allow the user to keep sesions stored like pages in a notebook, although the re-drawing would take a while :)

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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