2 Dollar IPod (any Backlit Device) Projector

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Introduction: 2 Dollar IPod (any Backlit Device) Projector

In this video, I show you how to use page magnifiers to project the image coming from your backlit device, such as an iPod, onto a wall.

The maximum image you can project that is still usable is about 20 - 24 inches across. This was tested with an iPod Touch on maximum brightness. If you have another device that is brighter you will be able to make a larger picture.

As many people know, page magnifiers are fresnel lenses. Use google to find out a little more information about them.

Unforunately, I could only find page magnifiers with about an eight inch of plastic attached to them. I assume the manufacturer did this to frevent folding. Try to find page magnifiers that are almost as thin as paper. This thick plastic really made the picture of the output dim and blurry. It will work MUCH better with thinner page magnifiers.

In theory, this should work with a laptop, but when I tried it, it worked just enough to read large text. It would probably be ideal to watch movies. You won't be doing any surfing anytime soon.

One other thing I should mention is that there is no mirrror in my design. Since there is no mirror, all text that is projected will be backwards. If you bounce the iPod image off of a mirror before going into the first fresnel lens, the image will be the right way around.

Thanks for watching!

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    I am doing this on my laptop screen :)
    p.s. could i use one of those demo lenses you se at eye glass stors for the ipod
    I think they will provide better picture quality

    looks like im heading to the dollar store soon...

    lol isn't that the simpsons playing in the background?

    yeah, the clip when homer's life is summarized in like 1 minute with a picture of everyday of his life or something like that...

    yeah lol i just saw that one patty and selma  push homer off a bridge

    it was like a parody of the video where Noah takes a picture of himself everyday for 6 years, title exactly

    whats the advantage of using two lenses instead of one?

    what if you just use one fresnel lens?

    everyone should watch this video. IT IS AWSOME!!!!

    this was an awsome video. make some more like it.