From giant flat screens to wall-mounted projectors, it's fair to say that the quest for a home theater experience has seen many of us overwhelmed in our living rooms. However, one KickStarter campaign is taking a decidedly different tact, as it looks to fund a new OLED TV less than an inch in size.
Created by electronics company TinyCircuit, the TinyTV Mini is a small, retro TV that can be had for an equally miniature retail price of €50 (opens in a new tab) if you're willing to support the project. (via HD flat screens)
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.
With a 64 x 64 pixel panel, the TinyTV Mini is an even smaller version of the company's TinyTV 2 that features a relatively giant 1-inch IPS LCD screen, offering a positive resolution of 216 x 135 pixels.
Both tiny TVs feature a front-facing mono speaker, but with no audio-out or HDMI-out, sadly you won't be able to match any of the models on our list of the best soundbars…
It also means playback is limited to video files on onboard storage, with TinyCircuit including software for PC and Mac that can be used to compress clips so they can be viewed on TV, as well as add effects like static. and the video loop. .
The Mini is powered by a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller and features 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 show, because they don't actually work. .
Its small size understandably means there's only room for a 50mAh (3,7V) battery that only lasts about an hour before running out of juice.
TinyTV 2 and TinyTV Mini are available now on KickStarter for €49, with TinyCircuit targeting a March 2023 ship date for backers.
(Image credit: Tiny Circuits)
Opinion: Tiny TV is too cute not to back down
Considering that movie 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 like the idea of people watching on that TV. (Actually, Lynch, there is a chance that Lynch will go all out and love it…)
Entertaining the inhabitants of my daughter's dollhouse is pretty much my justification for buying the TinyTV Mini, but that doesn't stop me from wanting one.
With €227,780 pledged, far more than the €15,000 goal TinyCircuits had set for itself, and nearly 2,500 backers, I'm clearly not the only one who's been delighted with a TV that won't fail to strain my eyes.
If you're not prepared to work within the confines of a 0,64-inch display, you're better off checking out our best Black Friday OLED TV deals, but that's probably because you've got a heart of stone.