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$3 DIY Xbox 360 Kinect TV Mount

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I bought a Kinect last week as my Christmas gift, the installation is straightforward, total installation time is under 10 minute, however it does not come with any mounting device.  It's ok, I put it in front of my TV, just underneath the screen.

The bad thing came out when I try to switch the TV channel, the Kinect blocked the TV's IR receiver, I couldn't switch my TV with the remote controller.  Should I buy the $39.99 official Xbox 360 Kinect TV Mount Kit?  It's enough to get another Kinect game for that price!

After a brief consideration, I'd choose to save the money for another game title.


 
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Step 1: Materials

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All we need to build the Kinect mount is simple.

1. Book stand 
2. Velcro pad with adhesive back  

 We will use a tall book stand as the Kinect mount body. When you select the stand at stores, please try to find one which is light in weight and easy to bend.

I chosed the one with punched holes on it that further reduce its weight, plus it will not fully blocks the TV's ventilation holes.


Step 2: The main construction

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Bend the book stand according to the curve of your TV back, keep the contact platform for Kinect level, otherwise your Kinect may not able to tilt for full body shot.

Step 3: Attach velcro strips

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Cut out the velcro pad as shown below, the size of the strips should match with your book stand and TV.  

Important:  Maximize the contact area with the book stand and TV result in better support in weight.

Step 4: Secure Kinect as well

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Two strips are enough to hold the Kinect

Step 5: Put everything together

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Peel off the adhesive back of the velcro strips and carefully attach the book stand to the TV.  Avoid blocking any exhausting holes on TV.


Step 6: Enjoy

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Your DIY Kinect TV mount is done, in less than 30 minutes and for  $3 only. 

Bookstand cost $1.5
Velcro pad $1.5


Fogl3 years ago
Looks great. Where did you buy that bookend?
Thanks
catdog01 (author)  Fogl3 years ago
I live in Hong Kong and brought it from a local yen store, i hope you can find something similar in your country.
naaronne Fogl3 years ago
Did you ever get a response as to where the bookend was aquired?
Fogl naaronne3 years ago
On the end I actually skipped the bookend part. I took 2 pieces of adhesive velcro and stick it directly on the TV and Kinect, which is very lightweight btw, so you don't have to be worry about falling.
It is on the place since, no problems at all. We are moving with TV often and Kinect nicely follows.
naaronne Fogl3 years ago
Where did you purchase your bookend and do you have a picture?
Fogl naaronne3 years ago
Again, I skipped it. I just put one part of the velcro on the TV and other on the Kinect bottom and I sticked them together. Works like charm.
cindymole3 years ago
dear , you are so smart , but if the bookend is expensive than a really kinect stander , the kinect stand just sale about $3 in market
beeglebug3 years ago
Nice project. It inspired me to have a go at something similar, and I managed to cobble something together using a £2 kids toy!

I've put a few pictures on my blog for anyone who's interested: http://udlr.net/blog/2011/01/diy-kinect-tv-mount
killer823 years ago
This is actually pretty cool!
davidkichi3 years ago
Very slick mount! Looks like a bookmark from a yen store. :) I was thinking a DVD case and a tin can for support crudely taped on the back of a flat panel tv would work too.
Rbp.7.Ooz3 years ago
Very Nice! I'm going to use this for my PS3 Move Camera!

Thank you for the project!
CherylTX3 years ago
I love how simple this is and how stream-line it looks. We put a tiny shelf and bracket on the wall above our tv, I may switch to your idea.
mastamuzz3 years ago
Is the velcro adhesive strong enough to hold?
The tv's temperature may soften the adhesive pad!
Have you experienced any problems?
we are talking about a 150$ webcam here I don't want to ruin the family fun!
A suggestion if you don't want to use velcro to attach to the TV, simply bend the front down to make about a 1/4" lip that hold to the front of the TV. The weight of the camera should hold it in place. You could do this in coordination with the velcro too.
The.Walnut3 years ago
AWESOME PROJECT!
I just got my Kinect yesterday and I immediately discovered I'd need a mount, my two year old is just too interested in it, lol, so I looked up the tv mount for it, and it looks like crap, it's plastic! you'd think $40 would get me a hunk of aluminum at least?!

Anyway thanks again, oh btw you could probably cut up the box for the Kinect and use some velcro to do the same thing, save you the price of the bookend, after a $150 price tag for the unit plus more for games, I'm pinching every penny!