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Maker Brian Dolan and a friend engaged in a friendly contest: Who could make the coolest thing out of a Trader Joe’s green tea mint tin? Brian wanted to do something with electronics, possibly an Arduino. Here’s what he came up with:mint_tin

After a night of brainstorming, and then another week or so of indecision, I settled on making a Guitar-Hero-like rhythm game, involving a single sensor, an LCD screen, and a small speaker for playing some cheesy music. I play drums, and I was kind of thinking of the whole mint tin as a drum, with the plastic screen acting like a drum head.  The other side, made of metal, would host the LCD screen and speaker, facing the “player.”

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Check out the full project here to see what he came up with.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Food
*Sustainable/green design
*Science
*Young Makers
*Action sports


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