TinyCircuits is an open source hardware manufacturer based in Akron, Ohio. The firm cut their teeth over a decade ago by developing the TinyDuino, a miniaturized Arduino-compatible platform that enables users to build their own tech objects using small expandable modules.
Several years ago the company released a $75 TinyTV DIY Kit, which allowed users to assemble their own tiny TV out of plug-and-play components, no soldering required.
There are tiny physical controls on each unit for power, volume and channel, and even an optional remote control.
Content can be streamed to the devices, or transferred directly using a USB stick.
The response has been tremendous: The company easily blew past their $15,000 funding goal, and was rounding $100K at press time with 24 days left to pledge. I'm not sure if the demand is based on nostalgia, curiosity, a reaction to ever-growing screens on other devices or an unseen and robust dollhouse economy.
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