[Paul Klinger] can’t seem to get enough of building tiny, amazing gaming rigs, and we love him for that. They combine two of our favorites: miniatures and portable gaming. His newest creation honors the form of the formidable ThinkPad.
Of course it has the red nipple and lid LED—wouldn’t be a ThinkPad without ’em. ThinkTiny’s nipple is a 5-way joystick that plays Snake, Tetris, Lunar Lander, and more on an OLED screen. Like its predecessor the Tiny PC, [Paul] used an ATtiny1614, which (FYI) has a new one-wire UDPI interface. He can easily reprogram it through pogo pin holes built into the case.
There are some nice stylistic details at play here, too. The lid LED is both delivered and diffused by a 2mm grain of fiber-optic cable. And [Paul] printed the cover with a color change to transparent filament to make the Think logo and the charging LEDs shine through. Maneuver your way past the break to see it in action.
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7 thoughts on “Tiny ThinkPad Plays Tiny Games”
Usually when Chinese flood the market with knockoffs, they at least appears to be the same product. This isn’t even the right size, like they Xeroxed the blue prints with the wrong scaling. On a normal ThinkPad I could run Lotus 1-2-3, Turbo Pascal but it looks like I can’t on this one.
It needs its own miniature bananas for size to complete the gag.
Apple did it first:
I think it’s called a TrackPoint, not a nipple, kinda of embarrassing when somebody ask you how you use the thing and you have to say play with the nipple.
Some day there will be a cult based on xkcd.
Horribly impractical… but I like your style!
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