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This Raspberry Pi Retro TV Display Is a Work of Art

(Image credit: Ryan, The Garage Journal)

Sometimes tinkerers tap a Raspberry Pi to fix a problem in their life. Other times, they grab the single-board computer just to see how far they can push it. This project shared by Ryan from The Garage Journal (opens in new tab)is a little different. The DIY display looks like a retro TV but doesn't have any sound. Set to loop the maker's favorite old movies, it's simply a piece of art (opens in new tab)

The retro TV display relies on a Raspberry Pi 4 for all of its primary functions. Ryan designed it to play his favorite classic flicks on repeat while displayed on a shelf. 

And if you do want to get some more functionality out of this vintage-looking display, you can. It's fitted with USB speakers for adding sound output.

Ryan made the retro-style housing entirely from scratch. The switch panel on the front makes use of some really interesting vintage hardware, including a couple of toggle switches protected by switch guards that supposedly came from Apollo 16.

The final unit stands on a curvy mount that allows the display to swivel. The power indicator light works as an indicator that tells you when the Pi 4 is powered on.

According to the post, the maker encountered a small overheating issue (not uncommon with the Pi 4), but he easily overcame this by adding a fan. 

If you want to see more of Ryan's work, check out the official Garage Journal (opens in new tab) website and YouTube channel (opens in new tab) for more original content.

Ash Hill
Ash Hill

Ash Hill is a Freelance News and Features Writer at Tom's Hardware US. She manages the Pi projects of the month and much of our daily Raspberry Pi reporting.