3D Printed ESP8266 TV Is A Blast From The Past

We’ve often said that one of the best applications for desktop 3D printing is the production of custom enclosures, but you certainly aren’t limited to an extruded version of the classic Radio Shack project box. As [Marcello Milone] shows with this very clever retro TV enclosure for the Wemos D1 Mini, 3D printing means your imagination is the only limit when it comes to how you want to package up your latest creation.

As nice as the printed parts are, it’s the little details that really sell the look. [Marcello] has bent a piece of copper wire into a circle to make a faux antenna with vintage flair, and while the ESP is connecting to the WiFi network, it even shows an old school TV test pattern on its 1.8″ TFT display.

In the video after the break you can see the device go through its startup routine, and while displaying the Hackaday Wrencher at boot might not be strictly on theme…we’ll allow it.

While you could certainly use this little enclosure for whatever ESP project you had in mind, [Marcello] says he’s building a distributed environmental monitoring network using HTU21D temperature and humidity sensors. It sounds like he’s still working on the software side of things though, so hopefully he posts an update when the functionality is fully realized.

16 thoughts on “3D Printed ESP8266 TV Is A Blast From The Past

  1. Not convincing enough, retro means curved sides and round corners. One only need to look at the Tricorder with it’s “TV’s will still have curvy sides like CRT’s even in the distant future” it’s set designers way, some sickbay props were the new plastic trigger pump sprays for window spray. Curves, not Apple’s icon look.

        1. I’ve done that. You can get credit card size plastic fresnel lenses. Just cut one of those to size and stick in front of the LCD. It’s not perfect but it does look a lot closer

          1. Ah but information seemed far more muchly importanter when it was on a CRT… it was protected, by at least a quarter inch of tough glass, you could see it hovering back there, out of reach of the profane, who were but permitted to view it. To enable this, there was a whole funken-werfer apparatus out back of the thing to accelerate raw electrons to warp 0.1 to crash them into the phosphor with enough energy that it glimmered just right. I mean they sayyy LCD, Plasma, LED etc are more advanced technologies, but did they have a bona fide particle accelerator built in, did they?

          2. Telefunken name is meant to be understood as tele-radio I believe, the Germans named radio after the first spark gap transmitters and called it funkgerat spark-apparatus. Anyway, being odd, I decided to use the root word of spark to conjure up a picture of a spark throwing device as a mildly amusing moniker for an electron gun, thus opening the door for a thousand post comment thread about whether the spark is ACKSHUALLY the ionisation and plasma channel caused by the dielectric breakdown of a medium or the stream of electrons or ions flowing through it… or radio.

  2. Awesome, I especially like the test image and how it disappears.

    Almost looks like a Chumby One. Now it only needs some apps and a remote server in the cloud and then it can break the service in a few months. :)

  3. This looks great, congrats! Is there mroe information available about the “ESP 8266 TV”-project? I found the parts list but not the code/softare for the ESP8266.

  4. TecoGAN: Super Resolution Extraordinaire! fixed hz issues with material to allow hz crt rates again for current flat digital based flat panels on laptops mobile phones and pc desktops. and smart tv too book after fixing the battery water and air temp sensors on the cooling systems for wireless recharging of the batteries for those and for ev cars and jets too. watches 8k cable tv native resolution on all devices and tv sets even if its shot on an old 1080i or 720p camera with the ai being this good. and tosses out the power and cable data internet audio video cables too boot.

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