It’s said in engineering — and it probably applies elsewhere — that you can get something with two out of these three things: fast, cheap, or good. Though I’ll have to assume that you can get one of these units in a reasonable amount of time, at $199 each plus shipping, it’s certainly not the cheapest LED display available. On the other hand, if you define “good” as how well it lives up to its “Nano” name, take a look at it pictured below next to a paperclip, and draw your own conclusions.
Sure, that looks like a medium-sized paperclip, but, put in exact terms, it packs 1024 (16 x 64) LEDs on a 25mm x 97mm surface. As you can imagine, it’s pretty difficult cramming all of those LEDs in such a small area, accounting for the high price. As seen in the video below, the device also comes with the “accessory” items you’ll need to run it, like an ARM7 LPC 2104 chip and switches.
Although I’m not sure what will be done with this item, I really hope I see something using it in a neat configuration in the future. Perhaps it could be used as an alternate display for a music player, or as part of the most expensive conference badge ever!