How to Make a Shoebox iPhone/iPod Projector (WITH TEST VIDEO)

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This guide will help you make an awesome iPhone or iPod Projector out of a few household tools!
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Step 1: Supplies You'll Need

These are all the things you'll need to make the projector:
Construction Paper
Magnifying Glass

Step 2: Cutting The Paper

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Cut the paper to fit around the shoebox.

Step 3: Tracing the Magnifying Glass

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Now on the length side of the shoebox, trace to magnifying glass and cut a hole into it. Make sure this is before wrapping it with paper.

Step 4: Positioning the Magnifying Glass

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After this step, tape the Magnifying glass inside the shoe box, right where the hole is.

Step 5: Adjusting the Screen

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Place the iPod/iPhone until it is focused with the magnifying glass, then mark it.

Step 6: Placing the Clay

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Put the clay where your mark was. After this turn the rotation OFF. Now make sure that the screen is upside down in the showbox so it shows up normally on the projection.

Step 7: Personalize!

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Now feel free to decorate your box and make it look awesome!! Don't hold back! :D

Step 8: Finished!

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Now close the lid and your done!!! If you want you could cut a hole in the side for speakers, or just poke holes on the side. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable!! :)

Step 9: Testing it out, (VIDEO)

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Heres the video of the projector as requested! The camera doesnt record well when the lights are off, but the projection is more bright and clear when you see it in person. P.S. Sorry for all the grains in the clip!
I increased the size and brightness of the projection by adding a second magnifying glass behind the first one and it worked great. Thanks for the Instructable!
lyssidris3 months ago

Mine won't work ToT like at all. i used 90mm magnifying glasses and adidas shoebox and my phone is samsung galaxy note 3. WHY T_T

Did you put your brightness all the way up?
lshah25 months ago

Hey Sher great instructable. My image is quite sharp but very dark, i have turned the screen to full brightness. I suspect the culprit is the black box (using it for a pin hole camera as well). Do you agree or there is something else?

nickoenen8 months ago

Whats the best strength and size of magnifying glass to use?

I was thinking of doing this but make it somewhat permanent so you run a cable through so u charge it will watching. Plus I think there's a remote you can use for iPods/iPhones without the new charger
mehlani10 months ago
@lewiswheeler You can't "focus" the iPhone but you can reposition it inside the box (closer or further away from magnifying glass) as well as move entire box closer or further away from projection surface.
mehlani10 months ago
I made this projector and it did work for the most part. I used a cheap low power magnifying glass I think it was maybe a 2X. In a pitch black room I was able to project image maybe a 3 ft away for a ~32" projection. However no matter how much I tried it was really fuzzy. Tried tons of adjustments with moving iphone around I'm box and moving closer/further away from wall. No luck. The projection wasn't very bright to begin with even if the picture were sharp. Would definitely recommend trying a stronger magnification.
lewiswheeler11 months ago

Can you explain the focusing of the iphone step please - where do you look for the focus?

ameador1 year ago
This is so cool... Follow me I will have my first instructable up soon on making remote detonators from walky talkys!
mehlani1 year ago
This is great! I made something similar as a kid with a frenal? Lens and it was a failure.
This looks like it works a LOT better.
Pesoen1 year ago
how would i know which kind of magnifying glass to use? and what side should be facing the phone?
sher179 (author)  Pesoen1 year ago
Any magnifying glass would work, and the flat side should be facing your phone. :)
sasiedu1 year ago
Wow I will definitely be trying this! Cool post :)
sher179 (author)  sasiedu1 year ago
Thank you!
akhan481 year ago
you're so creative!! best of luck :)
sher179 (author)  akhan481 year ago
alaena041 year ago
What power magnifier have people used?
sher179 (author)  alaena041 year ago
I'm not too sure, you should ask them, :)
iTixle1 year ago
Will this work with an iPad?
sher179 (author)  iTixle1 year ago
I'm not too sure, as the magnifying glass is smaller.
maxtheax1 year ago
I had built one of these a while ago and am developing a commercial version.
sher179 (author)  maxtheax1 year ago
That's cool, but would it come as cheap as this one?
gmckee13991 year ago
How big of a screen does in project?
sher179 (author)  gmckee13991 year ago
Well if you push the box back further, then the image will get bigger, but the quality may be reduced. Thank you for the comment!
Gabrock1 year ago
Just tried. It work! Impressive. Now i'm able to view my movie from my mobile on the wall, in a kind of 2x dimension. Maybe i can try whit a bigger magnifing lens or with a series of mirror and glasses in order to improve the "power" of the box. Great Idea and Great instructables
sher179 (author)  Gabrock1 year ago
Thank you so much for your comment!
HSSK1 year ago
does the paper add anything except color?
sher179 (author)  HSSK1 year ago
Not really, it's just for decorative purposes :)
sher179 (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for the comments!
mkhan371 year ago
This looks awesome! Thanks for the instructable
sher179 (author)  mkhan371 year ago
No Problem! Thanks for the comment!
This seems interesting, can you take a picture of the projector's throw? I'm just a bit skeptical if this actually works.

Sounds rad if it does!
sher179 (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Hi thanks for the comment! I've just uploaded the video now :) This quality doesnt show up as good as it actually looks becuase the camera has difficulty filming when the lights are off.