TinyCircuits TinyTV 2 and TinyTV Mini

TinyTVs Offer a Bitesize Raspberry Pi Dose of Television

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TinyCircuits, creators of Thumby, a thumb-sized Nintendo Game Boy, are back making another tiny device, this time a revision to its popular TinyTV.

TinyTV 2 and TinyTV mini are tiny displays powered by the Raspberry Pi Pico’s RP2040, which can playback videos stored in the internal memory or stream video over a USB connection.

TinyTV 2 and Tiny TV Mini replicate the mid-20th century television aesthetic, but inside, they are powered by Raspberry Pi’s powerful RP2040 microcontroller. Both units offer around 8GB of internal storage, which TinyCircuit claims will provide around 10 hours of playback for TinyTV 2 and a whopping 40 hours of video for TinyTV Mini

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TinyTV 2 and Tiny TV Mini Specifications
Row 0 – Cell 0 TinyTV 2 Tiny TV Mini
Processor Raspberry Pi RP2040 Processor Raspberry Pi RP2040 Processor
Display IPS TFT 65K Color, 26mm (1.0 inch), 216×135 pixels 65K Color OLED, 15.2mm (0.6 inch), 64×64 pixels
Battery Li-Polymer 3.7V, 150mAh, about 2 hours of video playback Li-Polymer 3.7V, 50mAh, about 1 hour of video playback
Storage Built in 8GB, about 10 hours of video playback Built in 8GB, about 40 hours of video playback
Audio 16x9mm (0.6″ x 0.4″) front facing speaker Internal speaker
Inputs Power Button, 2 rotary knobs for channel and volume control Power Button, Volume button, Channel button on the top of the unit
Remote Can be controlled by an Infrared (IR) remote control Can be controlled by an Infrared (IR) remote control
Connectivity USB-C for uploading and battery charging USB-C for uploading and battery charging
Dimensions 47.6 x 36.6 x 25.9mm (1.9 x 1.4 x 1.0 inches) 26.3 x 23.8 x 21.9mm (1.0 x 0.94 x 0.86 inches)

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Each of the televisions comes pre-built inside of an injection molded plastic case. The televisions come pre-loaded with a selection of videos ready to watch. Just turn the dial and select the next “channel”; in reality, it skips to the next video. Another rotary dial provides volume control for the built-in speaker.

You’ll want to load your own videos onto the units, and rather than spend countless hours tweaking Handbrake, TinyCircuits provides a video conversion tool. The conversion tool ensures that your videos are optimized and play with TinyTV.

TinyTV2 and TinyTV Mini

(Image credit: TinyCircuits)

Another software tool from TinyCircuits will mirror your current desktop session on the tiny TV screen. We’d love to have it set up as a second display, though our eyesight may not be strong enough to use it.

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