David Wynne's BMO TV Is Plucked Straight Out of — and Automatically Plays — Adventure Time
Maker David Wynne has taken Adventure Time's BMO off the screen and into his house — turning the cute games system into a TV which automatically plays show episodes using an internal Raspberry Pi.
"It features an on/off button for the screen and sound, a 7” screen, and a potentiometer for the sound. It's a Raspberry Pi Zero with Raspberry Pi video looper installed [inside]," Wynne explains.
Inspiration for the project came from Brandon Withrow's earlier Simpsons TV, a 3D-printed replica of the TV in the family's living room which automatically plays the first 11 seasons of the show using a Raspberry PI Zero and a 32GB microSD card. Where Withrow designed and 3D printed the TV set, though, Wynne opted to take a shortcut: Purchasing an off-the-shelf Nintendo Switch dock already in BMO's shape.
Like Withrow's project, the system is designed to be left permanently switched on. The Raspberry Pi runs through a directory of video files, stored on a USB flash drive, and plays one after another automatically. When you're not looking to catch up on the show, a power button — integrated into BMO's controls — turns off the screen and sound but leaves the Raspberry Pi running in the background.
"The only improvement I need to make is for power," Wynne notes. "[It] currently uses two power cords: One for the Pi and the other for the screen."
Wynne's full build log is available on Imgur, with more details to be found in the project's Reddit thread — along with the promise that Wynne has "an additional project with this little BMO" planned.