From massive flat-panel monitors to wall-mounted projectors, it’s fair to say that the quest for a home theater experience has had many of us cluttering up our living rooms. However, a KickStarter campaign is taking a decidedly different tact, as it aims to raise funds for a new OLED TV that measures less than an inch in size.
Created by electronics company TinyCircuits, the TinyTV Mini is a tiny retro TV that can be purchased for an equally expensive price. $ miniature asking price50 (opens in new tab) if you are willing to support the project. (through FlatpanelsHD🇧🇷
Essentially a portable media player with 8GB of built-in storage, the 0.64-inch TV is about the size of an SD card, making it slightly smaller than our usual picks for the best OLED TVs.
Sporting a 64×64 pixel panel, the TinyTV Mini is somehow an even smaller version of the company’s TinyTV 2, which features a comparatively gigantic 1-inch IPS LCD screen, which performs well. sharp Resolution of 216×135 pixels.
Both tiny TVs have a front-facing mono speaker, but with no audio output or HDMI output, you unfortunately won’t be able to pair any of the models on our list of the best soundbars…
It also means that playback is restricted to video files on the onboard storage, with TinyCircuits including PC and Mac software that can be used to compress clips so they can be viewed on TV, as well as adding effects such as static and looping video.
The Mini is powered by a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller and has a USB Type-C port for data transfer and charging. There’s also a built-in IR receiver for use with an optional remote – though those ridiculously small “channels” (for switching video files), power and volume buttons on top aren’t just for display, as they don’t actually work.
Quite understandably, its minuscule size means there’s only room for a 50mAh (3.7V) battery that only allows for about an hour of observation before running out of power.
Both TinyTV 2 and TinyTV Mini are available to come back now Kickstarter for $49with TinyCircuits targeting a March 2023 ship date for backers.
Opinion: Tiny TV is too cute not to come back
Considering film directors like Christopher Nolan and David Lynch already have strong feelings against people watching movies on their phones, you have to assume they won’t. love the idea of people watching on this TV. (Actually, Lynch, there’s a chance Lynch wraps it all up and loves it…)
Keeping the denizens of my daughter’s dollhouse entertained is almost all of my justification for buying the TinyTV Mini, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting one.
With $227,780 pledged — well above the $15,000 goal TinyCircuits had set — and nearly 2,500 backers, I’m clearly not the only one who’s been enthralled by a TV that’s sure to give me eyestrain.
If you’re not prepared to work within the limitations of a 0.64-inch screen, you might be better off checking out our best Black Friday OLED TV deals, but that’s probably because you have a heart of stone.