What can a brilliant electronics and software tinkerer who has a specially affinity for the classic Game Boy portable gaming device do? I don’t know. Maybe cobbled up a what could be the world’s smallest and functional Game Boy Color? Well, as it turns out, that was exactly what Jeroen Domburg, the man behind Sprite_tm, did. Thanks to the technology available today, he was able to put together a super tiny Game Boy that is little bigger than a grown man’s thumb (yes, that small!) and the most brilliant part is, it actually works!
Maybe having such a tiny Game Boy does not make any ergonomic sense, but then again, why the hell not? It’s a Game Boy, isn’t it? Jason’s keychain Game Boy looks like an actual Game Boy that was zapped by a shrunk gun, meaning it has everything you expect of a Game Boy, including a color OLED screen, functional direction pad, buttons, battery and even audio. Considering how small it is, this feat is nothing less than remarkable. Obviously, being this small, it can’t accept any original Game Boy cartridges; instead, games are loaded into it wirelessly.
Now, this surely takes portable gaming to an entirely new level. We are sure that mid X generation bunch who grew up with Game Boy will certainly drool over it, but on the flip side, this group is probably suffering from hyperopia, which means small isn’t really that awesome for them. Life’s a bitch, ain’t it? Continue reading to catch Jason’s presentation of this awesomeness at the 2016 Hackaday SuperConference. Warning: tech-heavy stuff.
Images: screengrab from YouTube video.