Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Present ideas at board meetings - and improve hand-eye coordination!
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Big things that get written on are used everywhere...

Blackboards in schools; Whiteboards (or wipeboards) in offices; Flip Charts at meetings etc...

Replace them all with 6ft tall Etch-a-Sketches (erm...(tm)?). With two giant, oversized comedy dials to control the drawing. Just think of the fun when people try and draw curves!

Picture the scene in a hushed office in Wall Street, corporate survival on the line- "Okay people, these are the estimates for turnover Q4...hold on, I just have to ...uegh...DAMMIT...slowly There! Now onto profitability...bear with me"

Extra fun when the need to erase (and therefore shake) arrises.

Jinbish, Jun 26 2002

tech support http://www.jardmail...e/etchasketch.shtml
faq for your etchasketch [rbl, Jun 26 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

(?) Didn't those ancient Peruvian guys have one of these things only, like, bigger? http://www.limatour...42/images/nasca.jpg
[DrCurry, Jul 01 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Online virtual etch-a-sketch http://www.etch-a-s...html/onlineetch.htm
[hippo, Jul 01 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

R-theta Etch-a-Sketch http://www.halfbake...eta_20Etch-a-Sketch
recent variation by [AO] [krelnik, Oct 05 2004]


       Croissant for the mental image of smart-suited execs shaking a six-foot etch-a-sketch. You could link this up to other stuff though, so people in the meeting could have individual etch-consoles, with which they could contribute to the display: ghostly appearances of lines all over. And I have seen a whiteboard which prints out onto fax paper - link that functionality in, and you're onto a winner.
sappho, Jun 26 2002

       Multi, mini, midi etchasketches for every terminal!   

       But the worry is that with the introduction of technology comes the ability to cheat. some kind of printing extension would be good but we must ensure that drawings cannot be loaded or transferred - they must kept on the 'sketch or DRAWN AGAIN!!
Jinbish, Jun 26 2002

       open an Etchasketch cafe for people on the move and bring in hot Etchasketch-desking for small offices.
po, Jun 26 2002

       [po] Yes!   

       And then I can infringe 2 copyrights in one felll swoop by calling the cafes 'EasyEtchasketch'
Jinbish, Jun 26 2002

       These would quickly get picked up for game-shows, like Win, Lose or Draw - what fun that would be. Great innovation.
Matty, Jun 26 2002

       where would we all be without a ped (pesonal etchasketch device)? Soon there would be laws prohibiting using them while driving, although maybe we'd drive slower in an effort not to accidentaly shake our work.
rbl, Jun 26 2002

       could we link this to the telephone to take messages when we are away?
po, Jun 29 2002

       I see the basis for a great tech commercial...
RayfordSteele, Jun 29 2002

       Would this be a standard X/Y Etch-a-Sketch, or one of [AO]'s R-theta models? Or would that depend on what type of business you were in? (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Oct 12 2003

       The Giant Etch-a-Sketch was invisaged before the creativity of [AO] was unveiled. As long as the etch-a-sketch in question is oversized, cumbersome and brings a chuckle to the boardroom, I am more than happy for the angular, R-Theta model to be under this umbrella.   

       I would however stipulate that the rectangular type be used for pie-charts and the R-theta style be used for block diagrams.
Jinbish, Oct 13 2003


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