October 02, 2014

Hacking a classic Sinclair portable TV with Raspberry Pi

After seeing a tear-down of the classic Sinclair portable television, enthusiast Nathan Chantrell was motivated to locate his own unit and bring it in to the 21st century with the help of a Raspberry Pi. By removing the original and unique picture tube, there's just enough room for a Raspberry Pi board, circuitry for a small amplifier and speakers and even an infra-red remote control .

All that in combination allows for a neat RPi-based display solution in a contrasting enclosure that's sure to be a conversation piece. Nathan demonstrates the result in the following video where the Sinclair TV displays the original news article announcing the Sinclair TV:

Fantastic work, and a great use of an outdated product which you can learn more about from Nathan's website. And for more, we're on facebooktwitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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And using the module is made simple - we have tutorials and drivers for both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms - great for experimenters or those who use both systems. Furthermore, check out the forum where members are already creating modified drivers to rapidly increase the display speed. For more information including our Quickstart guides - and of course to order - visit the OLED Module product page

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