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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 tin1 Be a Mint Tin Hero

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.”

dsc 00072 Be a Mint Tin Hero

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

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

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


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