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02 Oct 2018
Build a Smartphone Projector With a Shoe box

 
 

This what you will need to make your very own homemade projector with a shoe box and you phone.

Materials:

- Magnifying Lens

- Foam board

- Smartphone

- Gluesticks

- PVA Glue

- Shoebox

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Tools:

- Hobby Knife (XACTO) (Use supervision)

- Hot Gluegun

- Cutter Knife

- Hacksaw

- Ruler

 

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Step 1: Remove the Handle from magnifying glass

Using the Hack saw, carefully saw off the handle.

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Step 2: Reinforce

Reinforce the box by gluing the flaps and corners of the box. This prevents it from wiggling.

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Step 4: Reinforcement

Don't get too excited. Let it dry for a few minutes.

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Step 4: Lens Placement

Position your box in an upright position. Place your magnifying lens on top then center it. Use a pencil to trace the cut line.

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Step 5: Cutting the Perfect Round Hole and Pop

Here's a simple trick that I used all the time. If you are too OC, you can use an XACTO knife at the other end of a compass for cutting a perfect and round hole.

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Step 6: Position Your Lens & Glue the Lens in Place

Position your lens before gluing the it in place. 

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Step 7: Cut Off the Protrusion

When you put the lid back on, the lid could block a portion of your lens (depending on the size of your lens or box). Use your precious cut out as a stencil then carefully slice off the excess cardboard that's blocking your lens.

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Step 8: Build the Phone Stand

Build a phone stand using a foam board. Make sure it's perpendicular from the base to avoid image distortion.

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Step 9: Tape Your Phone

Use a double sided padding tape to mount your phone on the stand.

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Step 10: Set Your Phone

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Set your phone to the highest brightness:

Simple, more light results to a brighter projection.

Don't forget to lock the screen:

The lens inverts the light source (your phone's LCD) to the projected image. This means you'll have to position your phone's screen in a topsy-turvy position in order to prevent it from auto rotating. Go set the lock-screen setting and disable the auto rotate.

Step 11: Adjust Your Projector

Like all projectors, this one needs to be calibrated too. Position your phone at the very end of the box then slowly move it closer to the lens, you will notice that the image will turn sharper/ softer. Move it back and forth until you get the sharpest projection.

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Step 12: Turn Off the Lights - Watch in the Dark

 

Do this against a white surface, a sheet or a white wall.

Hope you enjoy making this. We love hearing from you, Comment and let us know how yours turns out.and hare pictures on FACEBOOK/TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM

 

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