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Photos: Curiously creative mint tins

Winners of Altoids design contest come up with impressive functions for their used tins.
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Theremin

The grand-prize winner in Altoids' Tin Million Uses competition was Jon Lennon of Ithaca, N.Y., who turned a Ginger Altoids tin into a theremin, a device that uses light to generate sound.

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Morse code reader

Burt van der Klute of Fayetteville, N.C., turned his Altoids tin into a Morse code reader.

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Pinhole camera

Marcy Merill, a teacher from Tokeland, Wash., used several Altoids tins to make a pinhole camera.

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Radio

Philip Haley impressed judges by turning an Altoids Ginger tin into a portable protective case for an MP3 player.

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Altoids MP3 player

Earlier this year, in an invention not directly related to the Tin Million Uses contest, MIT grad Limor Fried decided to build an MP3 player using an Altoids tin as the case.

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