Retro TV
Image: MakerBot Thingiverse

You can pretty much play retro video games on anything now, but we're always on the lookout for stylish new ways to try out some of our favourite titles. So when we saw this incredible miniaturized TV case for a Raspberry Pi 3b, we couldn't help but pay attention (thanks Gizmodo!).

Its creator Mr_deelee shared the photo of the miniaturized device on r/RaspberryPi on Reddit, along with the following description in the comments:

"A 3D printed tiny retro TV running Retropie for games and Omxplayer for Saturday morning cartoons. The design is based off a Toshiba Blackstripe which roughly captures the 80s vibe of TV I grew up with. I experimented with a couple of different LCD screens and learned the differences (and limitations) between SPI and HDMI connectors. Great way to practice and reacquaint myself with SSHing into a remote machine whenever the display barfed due to misconfiguration. Not the hardest thing I've done but it took a while to complete due to needing to wait for connectors and parts to arrive. Pretty happy with the result!"

He also shared the STL files in case you want to try and 3D print your own. These are available from thingiverse and As Mr_deelee states on these two pages, in addition to the print, you'll also need the following:

  • A Raspberry Pi 3B (the newer model 4 might fit, but hasn't been tested yet)
  • 3.5 inch HDMI MPI3508 LCD display with HDMI crow connector (such as this one)
  • A right-angle micro USB adapter (such as these) to allow the power cable to be connected from the back of the TV. Pi 3B uses the “down” version.
  • An SD card with RetroPie (or whatever you want to run)
  • 4x M2.5x5 screws for the shell
  • 2x M2.5x8 screws for the antennae
  • 2x M2.5x8 screws for the base

You can also adjust the screen to reduce the display output to 4:3 and connect a wireless gamepad to control the action onscreen. It should powerful enough to play anything from the 16-bit era and earlier.

Would you want your own miniature gaming TV? Let us know in the comments!

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