Smartphone Tripod Adapter from Found Materials

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There are plenty of inexpensive tripod adapters for smartphones out there, but why buy? There's no fun in that!!!

For this instructable ( my first ) I'll be showing you how I built a tripod adapter for my smartphone from free, found objects for nothing more than a couple of hours out of my day.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Since this was made from found materials this part might not be very helpful to most. I used a scrap piece of 1/2" black "StarBoard " and the temporary license plate tag that came with my bike. You can substitute with whatever suitable materials you find.

Tools used:
-Square & Ruler
-Drill w/ 3/16' Drill Bit
-1/4-20 Tap w/ Tap Handle
-Coarse file & Sand Paper
-Saw (power or hand is your choice, I used both)
-Utility Knife
-Gorilla Glue

Step 2: Cutting the Parts

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I opted to go freeform with the design so the only concerns to keep in mind were access to the shutter release button, the lens and, of course, fit.

Luckily, The "StarBoard" was the right thickness for my phone. I started by cutting an "L" shape out of it a 1/2" wide all the way around. As long as the ends of the "L" extend past the center of the phone on both sides by about a half inch you should be fine. 

Next were the front and back panels. Both were cut from the temp. tag. The back panel was easy, I just free handed some curves and cut them out. The front panel was a little more challenging for my phone. I wanted keep full access to the touch screen and home button so I had to cut enough away while still leaving something on the sides to hold the phone in. For this I oversized the panel and carefully trimmed it to final shape after glue-up.
Greenehouse4 years ago
Great instructable, keep 'em coming!!
uberklok4 years ago
get a block of hard foam or wood, and cut a groove in it. Drill a hole in the bottom, and drive a 3/8" T-nut into it (this is a toothed nut designed to be hammered into wood, which can be screwed onto the tripod.)

set your phone/ipod in the groove and hold it there with a rubber band or a strap made of scotch tape.

works for me
spiderham (author)  uberklok4 years ago
Sounds good, but the standard size for a tripod screw is 1/4" - 20 in which case a 1/4" T-nut should be used. However, if you"re going for looks I would suggest a wood insert nut.
I saw like this that you can buy for 8 dollars on line. I am not sure how much the total you spent on material cost and several hours labor. I guess that you do for fun to build.

I found my easiest solution for my iPhone for only 5 minutes to make and only cost me 50 Cent metal bracelet for specific camera mount and iPhone case cover $5.00. I will post it and how I did. Even I can add wide view Len on it. It is very durable and safe from fall out or vibration.

spiderham (author)  deafanimator4 years ago
I did do this for the fun of it. :-) Not including the drying time of the glue or taking the pics, the actual labor time I put into this was under 30 minutes. The materials I used were very easy to work with and the tools were already set up for another project I was working on. . There was no real cost to this as the 1/2" Starboard was taken out of my cut off bin and the temp tag came with my bike and was no longer necessary.

I thought about adding something to secure the phone but my adapter is only meant for stationary shots at home so I'm not concerned about it falling out.
I use a big blob of BluTack and stick my iPod Touch to a clean surface with it. I've done some time lapse stuff with this at work from my desk, and the gradual tilt in the shots as it slowly falls over is quite mesmerising.
@dewexdewex I like your style!
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
Very innovative! Looks like something you could buy! Definitely subscribing!
Like this one?
Yeah. I saw that on Gizmodo but forgot its name, thanks.
Yeah I was following the Glif development on Kickstarter. Its amazing that a good simple idea can raise so much funds!