There seems to be a growing trend of old toys and gadgets mixing with the current ones, just last week we reported on a new app that brought Scalextric to iPhone and Android in the form of an app and this week we have been sent word of an etch-a-sketch related product.
This time it’s not an app that has caught designers’ imagination but a case for the Apple iPhone 4 Smartphone. The case does the usual job of protecting the back and sides of the iPhone with cut outs for all the major ports but that’s where the similarities with other cases end.
The case is the trademark red and comes equipped with the two white dials needed on the original to draw pictures; sadly these do not function but look cool all the same. The case has been manufactured to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Etch-a-Sketch; we guess some things never get old.
The original Etch A Sketch was invented by Andre Cassagnes, a French man who worked in his basement to create the initial model. He took the prototype to a toy fair in Germany in 1959. The Ohio Art Company spotted the machine and took a gamble on manufacturing the product in large scale. The first official models were sold in 1960 making 2010 the 50th Anniversary of the product, since then there has been various models including electronic versions of the toy and of course an iPad and iPhone 4 case.