Anyone familiar with
This mini meta-television is the real deal. It plays the first 11 seasons of the show at random; no internet necessary. There’s even volume control! This is definitely one mini Homer would drool over.
From a tech perspective, creator bubba447 has this to share about the replica:
Inside is a raspberry pi zero with a 32gb and card. The pi is connected to a 640×480 tft display.
The Pi is running Jessie Lite. The episodes were all compressed specifically for the screen and loaded onto the SD card. When the pi is powered up, through the USB port on the back of the tv, it starts playing episodes at random. When on episode ends the next is randomly selected. The top button is wired up to GPIO and turns the screen on and off while also muting the volume. The bottom is a POT that is connected to the speaker inside.
I designed the TV and parts in Fusion 360 and printed on an ender 3 pro.
When it comes to randomizing episodes, the creator shared they wanted to have an authentic “‘always on’ TV experience.” So the episodes are randomized with a Python script and “just constantly play… The GPIO input only turns the screen on and off.”
That’s a lot of tech-talk, but for those in the know, it could mean their very own