I will say this up front: I like projects that stuff cool things in little Altoids tins. Don't know why! I just do. But I think we can all get behind this one, which puts a martini in your pocket.
MintyBoost was a terrifically handy DIY USB charger, housed in an Altoids gum tin. It worked great, until Apple changed the way it charged devices, gimping third-party chargers. But have no fear! The MintyBoost team is on the case.
Let's get that Taste Test taste out of your mouths with a little after dinner mint, shall we? Then, when we've exhausted our supply of Altoids, we can be good little geeks and make zany things from the tins!
Here's an Instructables to bring back the obnoxious kid that lives not so far down in all of us: Learn how to turn one of those miniature Altoids tins into a tiny catapult. It'll be fun for nobody but you.
If you thought putting your iPod nano in an Altoids tin was impressive, check out what Greg Sanders got inside a Penguin mints tin. It's a self-contained RPG game whose parts all fit inside the tin. All you have to do is plug in a Sega Genesis controller and a TV and you're set. Yes, but does it tell you how old your…
Take the oscillating innards of an Oral-B electric toothbrush, shoehorn them into an Altoids tin, and what do you have? A curiously strong vibrator, that's what. The Homemade Sex Toys site has full step-by-step instructions. It's yet another use for the improbably versatile and useful Altoids box.
What, you mean eating Altoids, using them as disinfectant, and throwing them at charging bears wasn't good enough? Guess not. As you can see from the picture, there's, uh, a compass. And a, uh, light, thingy. Yeah. Who says bloggers aren't outdoorsy?