It seems that our natural inclination with developing technology edges more towards the “if it’s bigger, its better” adage (the recent release of the iPhone 6 Plus can easily attest to this). Yet many of us are still tickled by the endearing appeal of mini or fun-sized anything. Take any regular old object, make it tiny, and viola! It’s suddenly made irresistibly adorable.
Amdist the rise of bulky smartwatches and phablets, the ambitious team at TinyCircuits backpedals with their release of TinyScreen. Finally, the day has come where you can appreciate your digital experience through a cute, super tiny screen.
Manufactured out of a wholesome, old rubber factory in Akron, Ohio, TinyScreen hails a full 16-bit color display, four push buttons (for menu navigation), and a controllable back light. Pretty impressive features for a screen that’s the size of your thumb (96’’ to be precise!).
Connected to your Apple or Android device, the TinyScreen does far more than simply deliver your phone’s latest notifications or app updates. Call it your smartwatch, video gaming platform or “really anything you want,” Ken Burns, founder of TinyCircuits comments on his latest contribution the the niche world of mini tech.
Once nestled in the palm of your big human hand, your TinyScreen’s ultimate use and appeal is determined by you yourself. By stacking your TinyScreen’s module pieces together, you can easily construct clever and personalized projects. Transform your TinyScreen into a vogue, video playing necklace pendant, or fasten it to your desk to procrastinate your studies with a round of Flappy Bird. Have your TinyScreen suit your personal aesthetic by customizing its fonts, gauges and navigation.
TinyCircuits’ knitted partnership with codebender has made updating your TinyScreen quick and painless. Just connect your TinyScreen to a USB, click a button on the webpage, and your TinyScreen’s software will be updated in a matter of fleeting seconds.
Love TinyScreen? Endorse the TinyScreen movement by supporting TinyScreen’s Kickstarter page. A $55 donation gets you a Basic Kit, complete with a TinyScreen, TinyDuino Processor, USB TinySheild and Lithium Polymer Battery. Because teeny tiny things are totally terrific, even if it requires a whole lotta eye squinting.