See how I built a Nintendo Switch themed Christmas ornament, with a working 1.14” LCD screen! It’s about 1/5th scale, has an SD card for playing videos (actually animated gifs), working WiFi, and the “thumbsticks” are clickable. Incredible 240×135 resolution!
We’re in a golden age of hobby electronics where this kind of project is doable from the comfort of your own home with free tools and relatively cheap parts!
3D CAD was done in Fusion 360, PCB design was done with KiCad, and firmware was made with Arduino and PlatformIO.
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