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:

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“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.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.