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Raspberry Pi: Popular single-board computer utilised in creating a working version of The Simpsons' TV

The Simpsons TV uses a Raspberry Pi Zero and Jessie Lite, among other components and software. (Image source: u/buba447)
The Simpsons TV uses a Raspberry Pi Zero and Jessie Lite, among other components and software. (Image source: u/buba447)
A new project has combined The Simpsons with 3D printing and the Raspberry Pi Zero to create a working version of the show's original TV set. The device randomly chooses an episode at random from the 248 in the initial 11 seasons, outputting them at 640 x 480 pixels.

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A Redditor has re-created a miniature version of the iconic TV set from The Simpsons. Not only is the TV working, but it also plays seasons 1-11 of the TV show at random, and without an internet connection. According to a follow-up post, u/buba447 utilised a Raspberry Pi Zero for the project, along with a 640 x 480 TFT display and a 32 GB microSD card.

The project runs Jessie Lite, and selects episodes at random using a python script. Unsurprisingly, u/buba447 had to compress all 248 episodes to fit them on a 32 GB card. Apparently, all episodes now play natively at 640 x 480 pixels.

Additionally, u/buba447 wired the top button to the GPIO for cycling the display on and off. Similarly, u/buba447 used the bottom button as a POT connected to the speaker inside of the unit. Meanwhile, the TV parts were designed in Fusion 360 and printed using an Ender 3 Pro.

u/buba447 states that he will be uploading a guide on building the model yourself, if you are interested in creating your own version. u/buba447 hopes to publish the guide on Thingiverse, for reference.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-08-26 (Update: 2021-08-26)