I love classic arcade games from the 1980s. Not only did they define my youth, there’s just something special about how much enjoyment you were able to eke out of games with such simple gameplay mechanics.
Are you less than 12 inches tall? Or do you just like tinier than normal stuff? Well good news, everyone! The fine folks at Firebox have got you covered with their selection of teensy-tiny versions of objects.
Among the items are a miniature record player, microscope, vacuum cleaner, Etch-a-Sketch, a zen garden, leaf blower, dumbbells and more.
When I was a kid, I had one of those Stretch Armstrong toys. It was tons of fun until I decided that stretching it as far as my arms would go wasn’t enough, and I sliced it open with a pair of scissors.
I’ve long contemplated starting a collection of vintage computers and video games, but I really don’t have the space, and my wife probably wouldn’t appreciate a bunch of extra junk in our already jampacked house. Thanks to the wonders of 3D printing, I might be able to fulfill my dream without taking up much space at all.
Dave Nunez of Rabbit Engineering has created a series of more than 60 miniature devices based on classic computers and game consoles, each of which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Look at this house. It looks a bit old and dilapidated, but it is the world’s smallest house. It measures a scant 300 x 300 micrometers, which means it’s too tiny for even a dust mite to make it into the door.
It was built by the nanorobotics team from the Femto-ST Institute in Besancon, France.
If you are a fan of robots, or just want to ingratiate yourself to them before they take over the world, check out Tiny Robots. Their shop is loaded with all kinds of cool robot accessories like pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair clips and other stuff with tiny robots on them.
Builder Vincent Buso uploaded this short video demo of the Keymu. It is basically the Game Boy Advance SP shrunk down to an ultra-portable keychain size. It is awesome. If you have fingers small enough to use it.
It has four buttons instead of two and it runs ROMs using an Intel Edison chip.
As a child of the ’80s, you can bet I love my arcade games. Traditionally, I prefer them on the big cabinets that used to consume my dollars back in the day. If you want something a bit (well a lot) smaller than those old school arcade machines, you can get that with this tiny playable arcade kit.
This little gizmo fits in the palm of your hand and has two buttons and a joystick.
You better get your magnifying glass and some tweezers to solve this Rubik’s Cube. Puzzle maker Tony Fisher had previously built the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube, and now it looks like he’s built the world’s smallest Rubik’s Cube.
What you’re looking at is probably the world’s smallest fully-functional Game Boy Color. It can play all of the games using the tiny direction pad and buttons, with the onboard display and battery. Most of us can’t even play it, because our fingers are too big.
It was created by Sprite_TM who wanted a more portable version of the classic Nintendo handheld.
While the original Nintendo Entertainment System is pretty iconic here in the states, the Family Computer (aka “Famicom”) was where it was at in Japan back in the early 1980s. This classic gaming system is one that all serious Nintendo fans have in their collection.
Scientists at the University of Southeast Norway apparently have nothing better to do, so they released microorganisms into a Pac-Man-style maze made out of fluid to observe how the single-celled euglena (Pac-Men) avoid their predators, the multi-celled rotifers (Ghosts).
Oh Japan, you never fail me with your oddness and yummy foods. This time out we have a handcrafted watch that hides lunch in its watch face. It might not have enough food to fill you up, but it is very cool and I want it.
The entire project as undertaken by a company called Takii, who lined up an all-star team to pull off the task.
We all know the trusty old matchbook. Whether you use it for smoking or camping, matchbooks have been around forever. They are pretty handy. How about a matchbook full of tiny flashlights? That’s what MBI Matchlights are all about.
Have you always wanted an arcade cabinet, but didn’t have the space or the money to invest in one? Well Nanoarcade hopes to change that with their teensy arcade cabinet that’s small enough to keep in your desk drawer at work so the boss doesn’t see you playing it.