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ILamp: How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Lamp

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It doesn't take long to notice the smartphone craze that is taking over the country!  

As you walk down the street, it seems like almost everybody is tapping away at that glowing screen, eyes glued to it more than their surroundings.  I'm not going to lie, I am also attached to my iPhone, and Apple products in general, they look sleek and simple.  Plus, there are apps for just about everything.

My brother, Adobi, loves Apple products as well, and for some reason we are interested in almost completely identical things.  So we both saw the 123 Design Challenge, and it only took one look at each other to know, the competition was on.  As twins, naturally almost everything becomes a competition, and this has grown friendly now that we are a bit older, but be rest assured, our 7 year old selves didn't think it was friendly competition at all ;) 

So in order to help us both create something particularly amazing, we both set to work on creating our own ideas to see who could design the best product and the loser has to buy the other one a Costco sized pumpkin pie.  And really, let's be honest, competition with siblings drives a lot of people to do some pretty funny things.  But really, there won't be any hard feelings, because designing these models for both of us is a passion fulfilled.

In school I have had too many late nights studying, (and working on this project to try to out design my brother, which I think I managed :)).  But I don't like studying with the yellow hue of incandescent light, and find most of my best work comes from the bluish light inherent with most LED's, such as the light on iPhones! 

If you don't think that the iPhone can function as a desk lamp, try this:  turn off all the lights, make your room as dark as possible, and turn on the iPhone light.  Crazy right? There is a lot of power packed in that little phone.

So, I am a fan of the simplistic, modern, sleek design of apple products.  So this lamp that I designed is simply an extension of the iPhone.  I designed this to work with the iPhone 5/5s (the best smart phone on the market :)), but with minor tweaks to the dimensions, it can work with any smart phone.  To modify the instructable for your smartphone simply look up the dimensions of your phone in cm, and look for the two asterisks (*) throughout the instructable, they will tell precisely how to modify the lamp.

I'm warning you now, although this design looks sleek, it was much more difficult to render in 123D than I thought.  But through a lot of experimentation, I learned some tricks of the trade and reasonably modeled my original vision.  Even if you don't want to build this lamp, I encourage you to keep reading to learn some techniques for using 123D so you can design something cool on your own.  This also could have been done quicker the more advanced Autodesk software, but I wanted to make this as accessible to everyone as I could, and not only those who could fork out the dough to buy the advanced software.  

Lastly, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments.  I will answer them as promptly as possible.

So please enjoy this tutorial. 

To start off, here are some helpful tips for working with 123D:
1. Constantly save! This is CRUCIAL. You don't want to spend hours working on something to have it disappear.  This program has the tendency to sporadically crash (only happened to me once but better to be safe than sorry).
2. Constantly re-check the dimensions of the piece as you progress through the tutorial (with the measure tool), I found that sometimes the program would put dimensions into mm when I really wanted cm.  And who would have thought one letter could make such a big difference!


 
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You guys HAVE TO MAKE THIS! I was searching for exactly this type of thing and it doesn't seem to exist. It's an awesome idea.

I have a small desk with limited space and usually don't need a lamp so I don't want to take up space on the desk for a lamp. But I've been using my iPhone at night when I need to see paperwork on my desk and thought something like this might exist. Some thoughts in improvement though...maybe make it foldable so it can be easily put away in a drawer or can just be barely noticeable on a desk.

Jump on www.kickstarter.com and get some funding and build it!

SargentPepper11 months ago
I guess I'll be the first to comment on your instructable. I'm surprised that there isn't already something like this on the market. I was thinking you could even put a hole in the bottom of the lamp so that you could feed a charging cord up to the phone to charge it as you use the lamp. Nice instructables, it’s very simple and easy to follow and good graphics. Best of luck in the contest.
Geni-us (author)  SargentPepper11 months ago
Thanks! I was actually thinking of doing that (putting a hole in the back of the) so that it would look exactly like the iMac. But ultimately I thought it would look a little funny so decided against it.