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Wireless Altoids Tin Mouse (aka Minty Mouse)

Use an Altoids tin to make a wireless mouse.

Wireless Altoids Tin Mouse (aka Minty Mouse)

Make a Minty Mouse using a Logitech m185 mouse ($16 at your local superstore). You can line the tin with electrical tape to be safe.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • First off, eat all the mints.
  • Then get a Logitech m185 mouse.

Step #2:

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  • Take the battery cover off of the mouse.
  • Get a Phillips screwdriver and unscrew the screw under the battery. This is the only screw.
  • Turn it over and slide the light grey part slightly up and back, till it comes off.

Step #3:

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Wireless Altoids Tin Mouse (aka Minty Mouse)
  • I have already taken the board out but I'll show you how.
  • By the battery compartment there's a tab by the white rectangle on the board.
  • Push it with a small metal object.
  • Then gently lift the battery connectors out of their slots. Now the board is able to be taken out.

Step #4:

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  • Cut a hole on the bottom of the Altoids tin about from the end of the L to the end of the I. This is for the sensor. Use pliers to bend the sharp edges flat against the inside of the tin.
  • Cut another hole about 3/4" away from the left side. This is for the on/off switch.
  • Flip it over, and on the "A" end cut 3 tabs, bending the edges so that each can freely move.
  • Glue scraps of plastic so the tabs reach the 3 buttons. The 3rd one (in the middle) needs to be thicker or boosted with a glob of hot glue. I used old keyboard keys.
  • Tip: To make the glue dry fast, put it in the freezer for 1 minute and it'll be rock-hard.

Step #5:

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Wireless Altoids Tin Mouse (aka Minty Mouse)
  • Now take the board and align it with the holes and hot-glue it:
  • in the sides of the board's cutout,
  • beside the battery spot,
  • next to the silver oval,
  • and a lot near the cord for the sensor.
  • Now, glue the battery down and the contacts to the battery ONLY ON THE TOP OF THE POSITIVE CONTACT. If you glue the negative contact (spring) it will not connect.
  • TEST!
  • Decorate :^)

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