Gattini-IR is a near-IR survey telescope newly-commissioned at Palomar Observatory in September 2018. Though it only has an aperture of 30 cm, it boasts a 25 sq deg field of view --- 40 times larger than any other existing infrared telescope. Palomar Gattini-IR is designed to survey the entire accessible sky (20,000 sq deg) to 16.4 AB mag (J band) every night. We anticipate this facility will be a powerful tool for monitoring the variability of nearby brown dwarfs and asymptotic giant branch stars, detecting electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave detections, and discovering stellar mergers and Galactic novae. Gattini-IR is a pathfinder for more advanced systems to eventually be constructed at the polar sites of the South Pole, Antarctica and near Eureka on Ellesmere Island, Canada, which will enable observations out to K band. For more details see Moore et al. (2016).