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  • Etch a Sketch lives on in browser-based Chrome Labs project

    Jeudi, 10 janvier 2019 10:03:31 De: Arstechnica Serving the Technologist for more than a decade. IT news, reviews, and analysis. Dernière modification: Mercredi, 23 janvier, 2019 - 20:53

    Enlarge (credit: Rowan Merewood, Twitter)

    Everyone who remembers the Etch A Sketch slabs of yesteryear remembers how difficult it was to translate your vision onto its "magic screen," and how proud you felt upon success. Now, Google's Chrome Labs has translated that experience (quite literally) for the digital age with the fun Web A Skeb project. It's a browser-contained version of an Etch A Sketch that you can use to draw and doodle—if you can get the hang of its dials.

    Web A Skeb creator Rowan Merewood explained on Twitter that the goal of the project was to create Web-friendly dials. Those in Web A Skeb work just like those on the old Etch A Sketch toys, so you have to learn which direction to "turn" them in to move your strokes up and down or left and right. Currently, only cursors and mice can control the dials on desktop browsers, but greater accessibility is being considered (like using letter or arrow keys to control the dials).

    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 and feel free to critique my code at

    — Rowan Merewood (@rowan_m) January 9, 2019

    Buttons at the bottom of Web A Skeb let you enter fullscreen mode, "shake" the drawing area to erase your work, and liven up the sketch with shadows and rainbows using the "fancy" and "fanciest" options.

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