Building a More Nyan Planet

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In an effort to give salespeople something impressive to hand out, IBM recently had a bunch of very cool promotional materials printed up. It’s basically a greeting card-sized cardboard folder with a bit of text, an LCD screen, buttons, battery and display controller. This video in print device is meant to display how IBM is building a smarter planet, but [Cookie] and [Stitch] over at the Hack42 hackerspace in The Netherlands decided Nyan Cat would be a much better use of this free, portable video player. (Google translationUPDATE: Site has gone down. Here’s the Google Cache but you’ll need a browser like Chrome that can do the translation for you (we can’t figure out how to link a translation of cache).

This video card uses tech licensed from Americhip, a company that has been putting video in magazines for a few years now. By connecting the USB charging port up to his computer, the guys were able to switch the device over to USB mode where the actual video files could be read and rewritten.

By encoding a few videos to match the format of what was on the card – including some old IBM promotional material by [Jim Henson] – the team were able to get videos playing on a hackable flyer. Very cool, and if you can get your hands on some sales brochures, a free source of tiny displays.

Comments

  1. jnesselr says:

    For anyone who’s curious of what the left video is, it’s from mirai nikki.

  2. Matt Zba says:

    Error establishing a database connection

  3. Sheff! says:

    Hack42’s sever is down ? and the translated page gives some weird loading repeats

  4. hue says:

    I think they got HAD-DOS’ed. :P

  5. BugBlue says:

    Our web server is back up with a lot more memory :)

  6. XOIIO says:

    Aw man, I never get to grab cool stuff like this :/

  7. Dave says:

    So, where do I get myself one of the fliers?

  8. Hack Man says:

    Wait, so we now have screens that are so cheap they are disposable but we can only buy $50 – $200 RPi/Arduino screens based off 1990’s era cell phone displays? What gives?

  9. Tritaris says:
  10. Addidis says:

    Another victim of getting posted on HAD. heh.

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