While a few decades back you would’ve needed an entire room to fit in a computer, technology has come such a long way you can literally pack a PC right in a tiny mint box – and this is precisely what this crafty recreational inventor has done with his Raspberry Pi.
Developer Matt Wagner has managed to cram an almost entirely self-contained computer setup inside an Altoids mint box. While the resourceful inventor initially came up with the idea around 2012 when Raspberry Pi first launched, he had to wait a couple of years until the company eventually released the ultra compact Pi Zero.
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In fact, Wagner got so caught up with the concept he ended up building two separate versions of the tin-box computer.
While the first version featured a 2-inch screen, a Wi-Fi port, a Bluetooth beacon, 32GB of storage, an infrared camera, and a full-size USB port, the final model ditched the camera in favor of a rechargeable 2,500 mAh battery that can keep the device running for up to eight hours on a single charge.
Check out how Wagner built this quirky PC here.
In case you’re itching to see more similar projects, Hackaday has compiled a large collection of DIY mint tin box electronics – from radio transmitters to password generators. Check them out here.
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