Demo of Scribble, an animation toy designed by A&D Sophomore team of Alexis Stepanek, Ryan Thurmer, Chris Parker and Penn Greene.
The development for the Scribble has taken those tree wasting flip books and turned them into an electronic toy that utilizes
a sleek design and a touch screen components to create digital animations using a plastic tip pen on the screen, or built in camera.
The Scribble was initially created to compete in the Michigan Toy Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Giddy Up Toys. After meeting with a focus group consisting of eleven 3rd Grade students, and gathering information about their top picks for Christmas and their favorite activities, the group designed the Scribble.
The design is a touch screen animation device that lets users create drawn, or stop motion animations with a pen and built-in camera. There are several modes that help create unlimited animations. When first turned on, the toy is in draw mode, allowing the user to either take a picture or draw the first frame. Pressing the rectilinear button saves the frame, onion skins the drawing and allows the user to draw the next frame. When the user is finished with their animation, they press the green triangular button and watch their drawings come to life. If there is a flaw in the animation, or if the user would like to add a section, they may enter review mode by pressing the yellow triangle, allowing them to flip through the animation, frame by frame and make adjustments.
The outside casing was modeled in Rhino and rapid prototyped in ABS plastic. The electronics were ripped from an Eee PC and the touch screen was specially ordered. After assembling the physical structure of the toy, we downloaded our custom written program onto the hard drive and the Scribble came to life.