Picture of How to Make a Shoebox iPhone/iPod Projector (WITH TEST VIDEO)
This guide will help you make an awesome iPhone or iPod Projector out of a few household tools!

Step 1: Supplies You'll Need

These are all the things you'll need to make the projector:
Construction Paper
Magnifying Glass
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nickoenen1 year ago

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

As the lens gets a smaller radius of curvature, the projector can be made smaller. But you will ay for the size picture quality and projection distance. As the lens's radius of curvature gets larger the projector will have to be made longer the distance that you can project will increase. With a larger radius of curvature, you'll also notice a decrease in the the effects of spherical aberration (you would notice this on the edges of the screen, where the image will sometimes bow outwards).

lyssidris1 year 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

lwog lyssidris2 months ago
Try using a Nike box.
Did you put your brightness all the way up?
fud-din2 months ago

I made it and used a mirror to reflect the image on to the lens. that makes the text readable

fud-din2 months ago
daisy117185 months ago

if I did the project how does the light of my phone project itself to the wall and get large ?

sbb20016 months ago

For some reason, when I set up the shoe box, all that is shown on the wall is a white projected picture. It does not show any other picture. Any suggestions?


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bbritton10 months ago

Just made this. Works just fine though the focus is a little blurry no matter what I do. Needs a little tweaking (better magnifying glass perhaps) I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a cheap MG (.97 cents). I might have to try a stronger one next time!

heyyyehjhhe10 months ago
Mine wont work..
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!
lshah21 year 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?

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
mehlani1 year 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.
mehlani1 year 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.

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.
Pesoen2 years ago
how would i know which kind of magnifying glass to use? and what side should be facing the phone?
sher179 (author)  Pesoen2 years ago
Any magnifying glass would work, and the flat side should be facing your phone. :)
sasiedu2 years ago
Wow I will definitely be trying this! Cool post :)
sher179 (author)  sasiedu2 years ago
Thank you!
akhan482 years ago
you're so creative!! best of luck :)
sher179 (author)  akhan482 years ago
alaena042 years ago
What power magnifier have people used?
sher179 (author)  alaena042 years ago
I'm not too sure, you should ask them, :)
iTixle2 years ago
Will this work with an iPad?
sher179 (author)  iTixle2 years ago
I'm not too sure, as the magnifying glass is smaller.
maxtheax2 years ago
I had built one of these a while ago and am developing a commercial version.
sher179 (author)  maxtheax2 years ago
That's cool, but would it come as cheap as this one?
gmckee13992 years ago
How big of a screen does in project?
sher179 (author)  gmckee13992 years 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!
Gabrock2 years 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)  Gabrock2 years ago
Thank you so much for your comment!
HSSK2 years ago
does the paper add anything except color?
sher179 (author)  HSSK2 years ago
Not really, it's just for decorative purposes :)
sher179 (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for the comments!
mkhan372 years ago
This looks awesome! Thanks for the instructable
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