Mr. Widdle did find some interesting things at the Faire, mostly in the 3D printing realm. Fred Kahl, the man behind Coney Island's Scan-A-Rama 3D, was there, showing off his miniature custom 3D scanned heads that sit atop Lego characters' bodies. Fred has been doing cutting edge 3D printing projects for years, including his Luna Park re-creation that fills an entire room at the Coney Island Museum.
What he was assembling was a tiny (for him, not me, of course) video game arcade unit, the kind I used to play when I was a kid, complete with a tiny joystick and buttons.
I was overjoyed to be able to play some old games from my youth (Space Invaders, etc.), on a standing cabinet whose proportions matched my own. As thoughtful as this gift was from Mr. Widdle, he apparently had other intentions for this unit as well. It turns out that one can not only program their own games to play on the Tiny Arcade (a far too complex task for me), but that videos (with sound), can also be played on that tiny OLEM screen using a tiny Sim card. Mr. Widdle was considering having some promotional or historical magic videos playing on the unit in front of the Suitcase of Wonders theater curtain before the show. An interesting prospect, but I was already considering an illusion whereupon the Tiny Arcade is made to appear from nowhere, with the screen glowing with a video or game. Having the sound also heard upon appearance would add to the effect, like the Appearing Bird & Cage (previously written about in this diary).