The Raspberry Pi Simpsons TV That Took the Internet by Storm!

Brandon Withrow’s mini TV that plays The Simpsons on a loop is simply delightful.
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Brandon Withrow is a software designer with a passion for art, travel, and classic 90s television cartoons. With a background that includes innovative software design for companies like Airbnb as well as work on supremely moving animated storytelling, Brandon’s love of creating unique and innovative projects in clear. His latest project has taken the Internet by storm in the form of a miniature 3D printed television that continuously plays The Simpsons on a loop!

Brandon wanted to recreate the “always on” experience of watching classic television, where what you got when you switched the TV on was what you watched (in this case it’s all Simpsons, all the time).

The Simpsons family might have gotten a new flatscreen TV in 2009 when the episode intro subtly changed, but the classic boxy CRT TV is the most iconic image around and lends itself perfectly to a heaping helping of happy nostalgia.

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The Pi at the heart of it all
Brandon Withrow

The core of this incredible project is a Raspberry Pi Zero. Pi, often cited as the world’s smallest consumer computer, is a powerhouse for indie designers and developers, and in Brandon’s case it provided the base for his nostalgic recreation of a beloved classic. Combined with a 3D printed television set that looks just like the one that the Simpsons gather in front of before every episode, a bit of soldering, and a few lines of clever code, Brandon’s project is every nostalgic fan’s dream. And yes, in case you were wondering, it is a full functional TV, and that means sound as well — set one of these up on your desktop and you’re guaranteed to get in a lot of laughs and absolutely no work for the whole day (just like Homer!)

Printed and packed with features
Printed and packed with features
Brandon Withrow

Brandon says that it takes him about 13 hours to build one of these little telvisions from start to finish, including the time it takes to 3D print the case on his Ender 3 Pro, and he offers a few additional upgrade options for even more epic TV realism if you’re looking for a challenge (such as ensuring gapless playback of episodes, adding transitions between episodes, and even inserting a little station logo in the bottom corner of the screen).

Designing a better world!
Designing a better world!
Brandon Withrow

For those of you who think this is awesome but don’t feel up to making one from scratch, Brandon is offering a limited time raffle of ten mini-TVs, the proceeds of which will all go to a number of awesome charities. So, not only could you have the chance to own an iconic and working replica of television history, but you’ll also be helping make the world better at the same time! Note that these special raffle TVs don’t come pre-loaded with anything — you’ll have to load on your own content, but getting to personalize your mini-TV with your own shows is certain to be half the fun!

Brandon has undertaken a number of other super-cool projects as well, from a 360 VR camera, to a solar tracker, to an absolutely gorgeous van conversion. Check them all out on his website, and maybe get inspired to dive into some projects of your own!

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