A Hardware Hacker Just Built a Portable Gaming Console Into an Altoids Tin

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Few examples of product packaging have had an upcycling history quite like the iconic Altoids Tin. From wallets and first aid kits to even a mini bbq stove, the applications people have come up with for repurposing the cheap tin containers are as wide-ranging as they are ingenious.

And in the age of DIY electronic hacking, it’s only natural that the latest comes in the form of a portable video game system.

Created by hardware hacker sudomod, mintyPi 2.0 is the second iteration of a Raspberry Pi-powered Altoids tin featuring updated design features and the Raspberry Pi Zero W—a critical update that adds Wi-Fi functionality to the Curiously Strong mints case:

“I’ve been working on a much-improved version of the mintyPi project I showed off a while back,” explains sudomod. “It uses 3D-printed parts to drastically improve the look and comfort of it, so it’s actually something you wouldn’t mind sticking in your pocket and playing games on.”

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Specific updates from the first version to the second version include an integrated hinge to hold the screen up while playing, a larger and crisper display, and USB sound rather than PWM audio.

Utilizing a gaming emulator for the Raspberry Pi that lets users play retro video games, sudomod has essentially bundled a popular Raspberry Pi project into a tiny little box that was previously housed by mints.

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For those interested in building their own mintyPi 2.0, sudomod will be releasing build plans on his website in the coming weeks.

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