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Man creates world's smallest working "ThinkPad", complete with stunning 64p OLED display, TrackPoint, and 20Mhz CPU

Thought the X1 Carbon was compact? The ThinkTiny thinks otherwise. (Source: Paul Klinger)
Thought the X1 Carbon was compact? The ThinkTiny thinks otherwise. (Source: Paul Klinger)
A true legend has used an Arduino microcontroller, 128x64p display, and 300 mAh battery to create the world's smallest ThinkPad (and probably laptop). To top it all off, the ThinkTiny can play some classic games and is controlled by a TrackPoint-style nub.

DIY and computer-enthusiast Paul Klinger has created from scratch what is almost certainly the world's smallest ThinkPad ever, complete with the ability to play Tetris, Lunar Lander, Snake, and a few other classic arcade games. Even better, the so-called "ThinkTiny" has its own TrackPoint for control as well as what appears to be the the classic 7-row keyboard.

Klinger previously made a similar miniature gaming PC with (of course) RGB lighting, but the ThinkTiny improves upon this concept by adding a 300 mAh battery to the mix, allowing the full autonomy a modern laptop the width of your thumb deserves. The laptop is powered by a 14-pin ATtiny1614 microcontroller running at 20 MHz connected to a high-resolution (by ThinkPad standards) 128x64-pixel OLED display. The case and other plastic components were printed via his Prusa Mk3 3D printer, with schematics available on his website here.

You can find more about the ThinkTiny and message the creator in his Reddit thread. It doesn't look like there is actually too much required beyond some basic soldering and the ability to follow his instructions — as long as you have access to a 3D printer, of course. Now all we need is someone with a pet mouse to take some photos of them using it.

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A breakdown of the components of the ThinkTiny micro-PC. (Source: Paul Klinger)
A breakdown of the components of the ThinkTiny micro-PC. (Source: Paul Klinger)
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Douglas Black, 2019-07-29 (Update: 2019-07-29)
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