Thumby Smallest Keychain Game Console
Ken Burns of Tiny Circuits is no stranger to creating tiny electronic devices, whether it be television sets or arcade games, but Thumby might be his most ambitious project yet. Ben Rose, the company’s chief engineer, wanted to make something even smaller that was inspired by the small screens on fitness trackers, but with the ability to play games on-the-go. The first prototype took around 10 iterations to get right. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review.



Measuring just 1.2” x 0.7” x 0.3” (29.5mm x 18mm x 8.5mm), it’s comparable in size to the original Game Boy’s D-pad, complete with a 72×40 OLED monochrome screen. It comes pre-loaded with five games: R.F.S.D., TinyAnnelid, TinyDelvere, TinyTris, and TinySaur Run. Fortunately, you’ll be able to make your own games and then transfer them onto the device via micro USB. All 50 pre-production units, which were priced at $19 USD, have been sold.

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It is intriguing that people are so interested in the novelty of having tiny things. I kind of get it. It’s cool to have something so small that you can actually use and program,” said Jason Marcum, Tiny Circuits programmer.

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