»Honey, I shrunk our TV set!« (Image source: Iana Alter via Adobe Stock; TinyCircuits)
Finally closing time! Get on the couch, thumb on the remote control – and spend several minutes using the iPhone’s zoom function until your TV finally comes into view? This device is no bigger than a 2 euro coin.
These mini televisions are the ideal devices for the dollhouse, the Lego world or the Barbie dream house – and look like old-fashioned tube televisions.
What can mini televisions really do?
The two devices are called TinyTV2 and TinyTV Mini.
The TinyTV2 in numbers: The dimensions of the mini TV are 47.6 × 36.6 × 25.9 mm. Despite the tiny size, the device has an IPS panel built into it, which displays 216 × 135 pixels. Given the mini size, this resolution should be more than sufficient.
The internal memory with a capacity of 8 GB allows you to store video material with a maximum length of 20 hours. You can either charge the TinyTV2 using the integrated battery or transfer your videos to the device using a USB-C port on the back of the device.
In addition to the screen, you will find speakers and controls on the front of the device.
They look like a screen from grandma and grandpa – but are significantly smaller. (Image source: TinyCircuits)
By the way, the TinyTV Mini is even smaller. The device measures just 26.3 × 23.8 × 21.9 mm. This makes the TinyTV Mini the first real television that you can carry comfortably in your pocket. On the technical side, the TinyTV Mini offers a real OLED panel with 64 × 64 pixels, i.e. 0.6 inches (1.52 cm).
Like its “big” brother, the TinyTV Mini has an internal memory with a volume of 8 GB. On this smaller of the two devices you can find the controls along the top of the device – but only if you narrow your eye slits and use a magnifying glass.
Jokes aside: The two look like real TV sets and also display moving images on their screens, but strictly speaking they are more like miniature monitors including video memory. Even what constitutes a real TV set cannot receive either TinyTV2 or TinyTV Mini: TV programs.
Both devices can be operated with a – how could it be otherwise – mini remote control.
Small, smaller, smallest of all. (Image source: TinyCircuits)
The project is financed via the crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The project had already reached 18 times its crowdfunding goal in November last year.
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What do you think of these micro TVs? Will you be getting any of these pieces for your dollhouse? Or do you not have a dollhouse at all – and put the devices in the case of your tower PC? Which TV is in your closet? And most importantly: Which television channel is on “1” on your remote control? Feel free to write to us in the comments!