Nick Brenn and the Altoids flashlight

altoids flashlightHere's that Altoids tin flashlight that Union College student Nick Brenn talked about on the Anderson Cooper show Monday. [Daily Gazette]

The show has posted a video of Brenn explaining how to do it yourself (it's also embedded after the jump). But you can also buy a kit from Edmunds Scientific for $19.95.

Brenn came up with the idea for the flashlight as a high schooler in Pennsylvania. He seems to be quite the maker -- here are his profiles on Instructables and MAKE. He's on the crew team at Union. He gets up early. We'll all be working for him someday. If we're lucky.

photo: Edmunds Scientific

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Hack A Day has been posting Altoids hacks for years, this kid either read about them or just doesn't know it's old news

I don't get the appeal. Tell me how to spend $20 bucks to make a whistle out of an Altoids tin and I'm hooked.

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