Saturday, November 28, 2015

This arcade cabinet fits in the palm of your hand, and it's playable

Artists and designers seem to be downsizing these days. I was recently impressed by Joseph Martinez's miniature matchbook paintings, while Ross Zhuravskiy amazed me a couple of months ago with his tiny flashlight powered by body heat. Now here's a palm-sized arcade cabinet, based on Arduino.

Aptly named Tiny Arcade, the minuscule machine measures 2.95"x1.57"x1.26" and has a 32-bit ARM CPU, a 0.96" 96×64 OLED display, a 140mAh battery, a magnetic speaker, two buttons and a joystick. It's pre-loaded with clones of popular games such as Space Invaders, Flappy Bird, and Doom. The good thing about this retro console is you can load more games as well as MP4 video files via USB or using a microSD card.

Tiny Arcade swiftly surpassed its $25k crowdfunding goal – raising a whopping $47k with 19 days to go. Those interested can still lend their support until December 18th, and relive the golden age of video games. You can order your Tiny Arcade already assembled ($75) or a DIY kit ($60). You don't need any special tools, and it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble the machine.

[h/t: Hackaday

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