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In one episode of the Make: television show I do an Input >> Arduino >> Output demonstration to explain how the microcontroller reads a button press and plays a light pattern on some LEDs. To keep things clear visually, I mounted the buttons in one MAKE Project Tin, the Arduino in the middle, and the LEDs in another tin. I also used one of these tiny breadboards to wire it up (I ran out of time to solder anything). All hail the humble Altoid tin!

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.


  • ellisgl.myopenid.com

    OK, as on of winners of the Tin Million Uses contest that was put on years ago, it’s nice to see clean tins! I’ve been thinking of a lot of projects using tins, but haven’t even started any physical work on them. One of these days…

  • ellisgl.myopenid.com

    OK, as on of winners of the Tin Million Uses contest that was put on years ago, it’s nice to see clean tins! I’ve been thinking of a lot of projects using tins, but haven’t even started any physical work on them. One of these days…

  • John Park

    You made those Pintoid cameras, right? Your photographs are amazing, maybe you should ask for a MAKE tin for a stocking stuffer!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, something just occurred to me when I saw this:

    I have a couple projects right now that need to go in the mini Altoids tins (“The Tiny Tin”). I’ve been looking all over, and I can’t find them anywhere. I would buy some if you sold tins that size with your slogan on them (or if you just sold the tins with mints in them).

  • ellisgl.myopenid.com

    Nope, I made the box that switched audio from speakers to headphones. Also it had a jack for a microphone pass through.

  • John Park

    My bad, sorry. That sounds excellent, could you put the link up here in the comments?

  • ellisgl.myopenid.com

    I don’t have a site up anymore.. =( And the Altoids site doesn’t have it up any more ether.

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