Introduction: Make an IPod Video Projector

Project video and pictures on a screen using your iPod!


Step 1: The Setup

The idea is simple, Focus the light from your iPod onto a nearby screen by means of lenses and mirrors.

Step 2: Cardboard Is Underrated

Making prototypes is fast and easy using cardboard and a glue gun. A layer of black tape and that Apple sticker makes for a nice look.

Step 3: Lights Down

In order to see anything it must be dark in the room.

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ChaosMarine made it!(author)2013-05-06

In theory, this would work for Android phones too, correct?

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HalfChocolateCow made it!(author)2015-07-21

Yes it would

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eva_maree_dixon made it!(author)2014-01-13

U can use a magnifying lens and a box check out mine!

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Jacky+P made it!(author)2013-06-22

Steps?

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crazy+lazy+man made it!(author)2013-02-22

hi tanntraad can i just use magnifying glass instead of projector lenses

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Philisawesome made it!(author)2012-12-02

Is it possible to do this w/out an old projector lens?

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darkcurtis made it!(author)2012-10-25

that is awesome
pretty cool and simple

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Mermaids_R_Real made it!(author)2012-04-28

Awesome!!! I'm getting an iTouch at the beginning of middle school, I'm making one of these!!!





:D

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Bajwa made it!(author)2012-02-16

interesting... i'll try this for sure!

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Kryptonite made it!(author)2012-02-08

In today's day and age, where abouts can one get a lens setup like that? If nothing else, how could one improvise?

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Harun+Miya made it!(author)2012-01-10

How many lences can be used there?

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sinrockets made it!(author)2011-10-06

Maybe ill make one and add a bunch of like 5 or 6 leds and maybe get a better projection?

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im3733 made it!(author)2011-12-14

That would just wash out your image. because the color comes from the lcd, and adding leds outside the lcd would be no different than trying to watch it in a brightly lit room.

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beehard44 made it!(author)2011-12-01

he light source must come from the screen or else you'll just end up with a bad image. The light passes through the LCD to get filtered out to it's individual colors.

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sstivers-menz made it!(author)2011-12-11

I so what to do this!!

To everyone asking about LEDs...I"m no tech wizard but I do know that no matter what style of projector you have, using a proper screen will always make it nicer.

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psycho_3852 made it!(author)2011-12-10

could this be used by another devise that is not a ipod, but another kind of screen that is still LCD?

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pyromonkey made it!(author)2011-12-10

Very cool, you used the principal of a DSLR for a projector. Well done :)

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SirNoodlehe made it!(author)2011-12-10

Amazing idea, well done!

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ixisuprflyixi made it!(author)2011-12-10

That is pretty bad@ss. I don't own an ipod but I can see this being useful for other projects. 5 stars.

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vincent7520 made it!(author)2011-02-09

Love this QAD (quick and dirty) instructables !!!…
No fuss, no perfection … just an excellent idea put into use as soon as it comes with whatever is in the attic or at the rear of the garage …

Moreover it revives those old movies parties we had when I was a kid. All curtains had to be drawn and it felt like "cinema at home" … was much better than TV or so we thought for a brief moment of our childhood !…

Excellent !…

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tanntraad made it!(author)2011-03-07

Thanks!
I agree on that "cinema at home" feeling. At only half your age, I still have some of my childhood on slides. No amount of mega pixels can beat that.

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thebeltshelf made it!(author)2011-07-25

how big is the projection?

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vincent7520 made it!(author)2011-08-02

this you should ask the author : I only posted a comment on his / her project … 

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vincent7520 made it!(author)2011-03-07

How nice is your answer …
The only true life in this world in when we are kids !!!!…

Lately I found slides that my father took of my sister and I back in 1961 in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro with al those monuments intact (who could guess a war would rage 30 years later ?). These pics are the best memories in my life … although I did a lot of traveling, lived in the US, sailed on various part on the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic …
Butt the "naive" touch is still remembered best.

generations after generations life / emotions are still the same…

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MCzone made it!(author)2011-03-11

If I use my touch, will i get a bigger projection

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Mr.+Pyro made it!(author)2011-07-24

"If I use my touch, will I get a bigger projection?" the simple question sounds so suggestive... I am not however immature

GREAT PROJECTOR ALSO

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MCzone made it!(author)2011-07-25

i wonder if the quality will be better

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dombeef made it!(author)2011-03-15

I made one using my iPod touch, with retina display!

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matstermind made it!(author)2011-06-13

how well does it work?

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dombeef made it!(author)2011-06-13

Eh, The mirror and magnifiying glass are both scratched up, but It is useable, the quality is ok

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Paintballer98 made it!(author)2011-05-01

dude what is up with that picture for step 3

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junits15 made it!(author)2011-05-21

Its a hot girl with stickers on her body...why in the world are you questioning it?!

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Jimmy+Proton made it!(author)2011-06-12

I immediatly wet to step 3 when I saw that comment. lol

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Paintballer98 made it!(author)2011-05-24

because people tend to avoid this stuff

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junits15 made it!(author)2011-05-24

who...who avoids 1/2 naked girls?

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Jimmy+Proton made it!(author)2011-06-12

I DONT!!!!

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2011-05-28

Only 12 year olds.

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junits15 made it!(author)2011-05-25

that came out mean....it wasn't supposed to be :|

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baileygrib made it!(author)2011-05-23

can this be modded to project an ipads screen?? even though i know that the screen in big enoguh! haha

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crimson+shadow made it!(author)2011-05-22

how big is the projection?

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jrg3ni0us made it!(author)2011-03-12

Is there anything else I can use besides an old slide projector lens?

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jaxxster1 made it!(author)2011-03-10

this is just what i needed! a cheap and easy to make ipod projector.

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jaxxster1 made it!(author)2011-03-10

also what type of lenses did you use?

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%28%28%29%29jAkE%28%28%29%29 made it!(author)2011-02-26

im doing this with my ipod touch 4g and i use one mirror and an old slide projector lens. but the mirror makes the top of the projected image super dark because it has to be at an angle. what do i do?

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tanntraad made it!(author)2011-03-07

Remember to use a large enough mirror. The angle of the mirror has no effect on the darkness. That lens is best for smaller screens (like the iPod nano) so some darkening of the corners would be normal but not only on top like you've described it. I'm guessing that you've got a mirror that's too small and that the whole setup might not be aligned properly. I found that the best way to get a proper image is to position the iPod and lens at right angles with the mirror at 45° (as per figure).
Building a box of some sort is by far a good idea. Then you get the angles right and stray light is blocked out, resulting in a much better picture.
Be sure to post some pic's here!

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Nimer11 made it!(author)2011-01-21

The new Ipod touch has a very high pixel density, the "Retina Display"
It also has a very bright backlight, as compared to other devices/previous Ipod touches. Since the screen size is larger,has a nice resolution and is quite bright, won't this work better with the 4th gen Ipod touch ?

Assuming I use lenses from good magnifying glasses, a a method to make the distance between the mirror and the lenses adjustable,and an Ipod 4th gen realistically how many inches can this thing output for things to be watchable in pitch dark room.

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Basement_Modder made it!(author)2011-01-08

Meh, I'd rather sacrifice an ipod and pull off the reflective layer on the back of the LCD glass/ backlight assembly, mount the LCD, and use an LED with high lumens (The giant ones) for light, then make an adjustable lens tube so that you can use it like a real projector.

Then again, better to use a screen that accepts other inputs, just to make it worthwhile.

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charlie.nourse made it!(author)2010-11-15

I saw this in an issue of Popular Science one time!

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tanntraad made it!(author)2010-11-16

Yeah, That was me :)

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tomtortoise made it!(author)2010-11-04

yo i have a lense from a old film movie projector but its like 1 inch in diameter will it still work or will i need more distance between the screen (itouch) and lense for it to work.

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