World’s Largest Etch-A-Sketch
Crazy Stuff. Crazier People. During our Large Displays Research Group meeting on Friday, Prof. Steve Harrison brought along this knob-like input device that is one of those things that has an existence in this world, but no one really knows what it could be good for.
It’s a great tool, we figured, to hook up to one of the large plasma displays that Virginia Tech has recently purchased. Now what all can you do with a knob that turns this way and that, and can be pressed in one direction? The first thing that came to my mind (and I’m now glad I spoke it out) was, “Hey, if we had two of these, we could make the world’s most expensive etch-a-sketch.” Of course, I meant it in jest — why would someone make an etch-a-sketch out of a plasma display, and then port it to a screen composed of 40 hi-resolution LCD panels?
But I should’ve known I was with people who liked such crazy ideas – Prof. Harrison, Dr. Pérez! :) One of the undergrads actually hacked up a prototype etch-a-sketch using Flash, that incredible beast of a vector animation package and almost-a-programming-environment. All it needed was to actually hook the knob up, and we had the version 0.1 ready.
Wow. WOW. Here’s to what might be the world’s largest etch-a-sketch (as Prof. Harrison later called it.)