Take an Altoids tin, add a little foam or other padding like felt, cut a
hole in it, and wha-la– you’ve got yourself a sturdy iPod Nano or
Shuffle carrying case. The case will protect the iPod from scratches and
other damage, deter would-be thieves, and keep your headphones and iPod
together in one place. And you don’t even have to take your iPod out to
listen to it; the headphones go through the hole. People will wonder if
you’re listening to your mints.
If you want to pump up the jams on your phone, iPod, or computer, make a
couple of mini speakers out of some Altoids tins. The playing cards
make them pretty good looking, too.
The MintyBoost! USB charger is one of the most popular DIY Altoids
projects out there. And with good reason. It’s a lightweight,
pocket-sized life saver: it can add hours of power to any device that
uses a USB connection–cameras, cell phones, mp3 players, etc. They’re
also fairly simple to make and are thus a good project for the DIY
beginner who’s looking to dip his toes into soldering and electronics.
Your computer or mp3 player might be a top-quality device, but the
manufacturer likely didn’t spend much time or money on its headphone
driver circuit. Which is why, even if you buy premium headphones, the
sound quality still isn’t the best it could be. Enter the headphone
amplifier. An amplifier helps your headphones reach their sound quality
potential. They can cost big bucks to buy, but you can make one
yourself, out of what else….a tin of mints.