How to make a projector for your iPod/iPhone for about a $1

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This is a fun easy project that anyone can make in about 15-20 minutes. The whole project only cost me a dollar and works good enough that I can enjoy an entire movie on it. The way it works is the light from your phone or iPod goes through the magnifying glass and magnifies onto the wall. The whole project is very easy to make and easy to understand.

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Step 1: Supplies

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You will need a few household items to make your projector. Any supplies that you don’t have you can buy for very cheap. I completed the entire project for a dollar and the cheapest iPod/iPhone projector I could find online cost $90. For this project you will need:
•A shoe box
•A knife
•Duct tape
•A magnifying glass (this was the only thing I had to buy and it only cost a
•A marker
•Hot glue gun

Step 2: Prepare the Box

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The first thing that you are going to do is cover any holes in your box to prevent any light from leaving your box or entering  by doing this you will increase the quality of your projector. Cover all the holes on the outside of the box with duct tape then cover them on the inside so none of the sticky tape is exposed. Cover up all the sides so no light seeps out.
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MadhannathM16 days ago

i want the mm of magnifying glass please it is urgent

ZainH224 days ago
The words are backwards ... Anyone know how to fix this?
flyin_bye1 month ago
I don't have a magnifying glass. What can I use instead?
phillipcd made it!1 month ago

It works great! Thanks so much. Many fun days ahead...

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p.s, I used clay instead of legos to make the iPod stand...

phillipcd2 months ago

a glasses lense would work, right?

phillipcd2 months ago

That's so cool!

yuzhengwen2 months ago

I did it, but it is extremly super blur. Someone said to put black paper but it was still blur.

littlej335 months ago

i want to make it so bad. to bad right now my ipod is broken. it was out in the snow/mud/water for 1 week anybody know how to fix it?

Annanah littlej333 months ago
Put it in rice

are u serious??

Sambo134g3 months ago
Mine was insanely blurry and you couldn't tell at all what was projecting onto the wall. Any way to fix this??
Annanah Sambo134g3 months ago
Put a peice of black paper at the bottom of the box
Sambo134g3 months ago
I love this instructable!!!!
Darkflame708 months ago

I did everything required, flipped the phone over but the screen becomes flipped horizontaly. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks in advance!

Turn off orientation lock: http://support.apple.com/en-us/TS3805

Well...Turn your device upside down.

jojo_unicorn8 months ago
Do I need to cover all my holes in my box?
EloiL8 months ago

Hi! Which magnification did you use to have a great render?

Best regards!

hqecigar8 months ago

I had buy a very cheap projector, only 39$, I think this is better then DIY , and not so expensive, why not buy? I buy at hqgroupfactory.com, I think it is good

GhanshyamR10 months ago

very nice

Usman553 years ago
Hello guys, I'm new here. Just wanted to ask, I just bought a Magnifying glass from a local retailer called Al-Rawnaq. It says something like LUPA 50mm on the package. Will it work? And also will this whole project idea work with the mobile N95 8GB instead of iPhone or iPod? Thanks in advance!
MattBothell (author)  Usman553 years ago
I am not sure about the magnifying glass but its worth a shot. and yes the N95 will work but you will have to make sure it doesnt rotate when you place it upside down in the stand
Hey Matt, I tried it and the picture quality is really dumb. Just some big dark colour blobs appear. I think the glass is not good enough. I also the the rotate error you're talking about (FLIPPED IMAGE).
MattBothell (author)  Usman553 years ago
The if you can focus it right you should be able to see a lot better than blobs. And I still haven't figured out the mirror image problem yet but i am working on it.
Focus? How?
move it around picture quality should get better. im answering questions because im his little brother
Tried again... Nothing's getting any better. I went in a room with no light source at all but the pic quality is not good at all. I can't even recognize any faces. Also, the picture is very dark.
hhmm89 Usman552 years ago
I had the same problem, but i followed the lines that i made using my phone and cut out the back of the shoe box accordingly. The problem is that the shoe box isn't long enough, so you need to cut out the back and move your phone further back.
Hey usman i also got this first don't worry try to make the distance between lens and phone larger!
you never know if it is the magnifying glass wont work
Hi, please answer me too!
I also need more better resolution and a little larger image...my phone is note3 and got on output image of 11X19 inches....?

It's a nice method and thanks for the share. I hope it will work perfectly. It seems some people faced problems while making an iPhone projector using this method. I hope they will figure it out as early as possible.

But buying an iPhone projector is always a good idea as it is a perfect device for watching movies, making presentation, etc.

Nitidus1 year ago

It works pretty well... If your movie doesn't have subtitles. If your movie has subtitles, you better be able to understand the language without them! It is pretty hard to read in mirror.

nickoenen1 year ago

Can someone who tried this and got at least a decent picture quality please let me know what strength their magnifying glass was. Thanks

Mine is too much out of focus and I can't seem to fix it anyway- any ideas please?
razaq3d1 year ago
it comes upside down....:-)
I did a projector similar to this though it comes out just slightly blurry. Is this normal? Any ideas?
krakete1 year ago
and the best thing is: it dioes also work with non-iidiot stuff ;)
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