If you are just getting used to the small screens on wearables such as smart watches, get ready for the next innovation. A new idea from Tiny Circuits called the TinyScreen could significantly expand where these mini screens make practical sense.
TinyCircuits is an Open Source Hardware company specializing in designing and manufacturing very small (Tiny) electronics. Based out of Akron, OH, TinyCircuits was originally started in 2011 by Ken Burns as AkroSense LLC, with the intent to develop cheap, smart (very easy to use) and tiny sensors.
They are programmable either by app developers for Android or IOS and also can be hacked and stacked directly by users. It is the “stacked” concept that intrigued me. The devices snap together like Legos so that you can have larger displays when needed but more practically portable small ones when only a brief notification is needed.
Seeing depictions on their website of people using the device to play games and watch videos, I suspect these uses are an overreach. Maybe if many are stacked together, but the resolution is really pathetic with just one. But in the pursuit of innovation, trying out as many ideas as possible is a good idea. The open source nature of the programming should allow many new applications to be developed, including some never anticipated by the inventors.
I am going to cut off my own discussion early on this one to leave lots of open space for you. As usual, please feel free to comment about anything that interests you.
I am also going to ask a specific question that I hope you will also think about.
- Think of some novel use cases for which this idea isn’t just an incremental advance, but something fundamentally different. Let you imagination run wild. And share.
Image Credit: TinyScreens