Want to relive a frustrating yet addictive childhood experience? Now you can!
A Google Chrome Labs developer has built a web version of the classic Etch-A-Sketch. It’s called Web-A-Skeb, which is a name that rocks. And I am happy to report that attempting to create anything with it is just as maddening as the original.
Google Chrome Labs is a group of “experimental projects” from the Chrome team created to showcase creativity in coding for Chrome. Earlier this year, the Chrome Music Lab debuted Song Maker, an application that lets anyone compose songs with a few clicks of your mouse.
The digital Etch-A-Sketch comes from developer Rowan Merewood, who introduced the project on Twitter (h/t Ars Technica).
Finally at a shareable stage, it’s my Web A Skeb PWA!
🔄 Twist the knobs to draw
👋 Shake to erase
🌈 Toggle through 3 effects
Show me what you create at https://t.co/fZNBtD4TZW and feel free to critique my code at https://t.co/VBYHHOMGAs pic.twitter.com/IVLhBz8qur
— Rowan Merewood (@rowan_m) January 9, 2019
Web-A-Skeb lets you do everything an original Etch-A-Sketch would. You turn the dials on the side to draw, and shake your device to erase. You can enter full screen mode (though that didn’t work for me on my iPhone). And you can even go into ~Fancy~ mode, which lets you draw with colors.
It works best with a touchscreen. You can use it on a browser but your mouse really only lets you toggle one knob at a time. So, no curved lines for you.
My attempts to write and draw in Web-A-Skeb were… not successful. But it was also strangely fun and addictive. Which is to say, it mirrored the experience of using the real thing.
Here was my attempt to write something. I started with the word “The,” which then tapered off as I was like, OK, I’ll just try to make a heart. Sad.
Then I decided to simplify and just go for the heart. Better, but still heinous. The hubris of going for curved edges…
Wow, the internet can still be fun guys! Faith = restored.