October 24, 2021
US-ALSHARQIYA October 24: An American company has launched a micro-electronic game that can be carried in a pocket or attached to a keychain, which is the smallest in the world and the first of its kind, and could lead to a major transformation in the electronic games market and may compete with traditional giants such as “PlayStation "Nintendo" and other electronic games are widespread in the world.
The small piece is the size of a postage stamp, meaning it is less than the size of a single hand. It was developed by American engineers and then adopted by a company specializing in small electronics, and thanks to it it received a specialized award.
According to a report published by the British newspaper "Daily Mail" and seen by "Al Arabiya.net", the innovative piece bears the name (Thumby), and it is produced by the "Tiny Circuits" company, based in Ohio in the United States.
The new mini-game is a small piece with five old games pre-installed, including classic mini-games such as (Tetris), (Snake) and others, which were popular during the nineties of the last century.
Users can also create their own games using a programming language (MicroPython) and play multiplayer games with others via an interconnect cable.
The console starts at just $19 on Kickstarter and is the basic gray model, with other colors and additional accessories like cable ties available at higher prices.
Each Thumby device includes a working battery, buzzer, power buttons, power switch, display, and a micro USB port to charge the console and update its software.
The screen in this game is a modern high definition (OLED) screen, and there is a ring in the lower right corner of each mini controller that allows it to be attached to a keychain just like a keyring.
"My goal with this piece was to make the world's smallest gaming console," said Ben Rose, lead engineer on the Thumby production project.
"When people see a piece small they think it's cheap, so we designed a high-quality product with a powerful processor that defies its size," he added.
He continued, "I started with Themby as my personal project but when we saw people's reactions to the prototype, we knew we wanted to turn it into a new product."
This would allow "more people to put it on their own keychain and enjoy playing it, or even create their own games," he added.
The mini portable device recently won the "Most Innovative Product" award at the GDex conference in Columbus, Ohio, where the design was particularly praised, as it can help introduce beginners to programming in a fun way.
"My thumb is really small, just the size of a person's thumb, hence the name," said Ken Burns, president of TinyCircuits, which is credited with the product.
"I think this is the smallest gaming device in the world, and I haven't been able to find anything close to this size from a distance," he added. "We thought it would be great to have a nicely crafted, operable and programmable mini keychain," he continued.