How to Make a Shoebox IPhone/iPod Projector (WITH TEST VIDEO)

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Introduction: 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:
Scissors
Tape
Shoebox
Construction Paper
Magnifying Glass
iPhone/iPod
Clay

Step 2: Cutting the Paper

Cut the paper to fit around the shoebox.

Step 3: Tracing the Magnifying Glass

Now on the length side of the shoebox, trace to magnifying glass and cut a hole into it. Make sure this is before wrapping it with paper.

Step 4: Positioning the Magnifying Glass

After this step, tape the Magnifying glass inside the shoe box, right where the hole is.

Step 5: Adjusting the Screen

Place the iPod/iPhone until it is focused with the magnifying glass, then mark it.

Step 6: Placing the Clay

Put the clay where your mark was. After this turn the rotation OFF. Now make sure that the screen is upside down in the showbox so it shows up normally on the projection.

Step 7: Personalize!

Now feel free to decorate your box and make it look awesome!! Don't hold back! :D

Step 8: Finished!

Now close the lid and your done!!! If you want you could cut a hole in the side for speakers, or just poke holes on the side. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable!! :)

Step 9: Testing It Out, (VIDEO)

Heres the video of the projector as requested! The camera doesnt record well when the lights are off, but the projection is more bright and clear when you see it in person. P.S. Sorry for all the grains in the clip!

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    53 Discussions

    You doo doo this is horrible this didn't work this is a scam this didn't work at all you need to tweak something with these steps because this is horrible.

    2 replies

    I think it depends on the MG - some people wrote, that it works not, some are very happy with it.

    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

    3 replies

    Try using a Nike box.

    Really, it works! https://youtu.be/2JqSQJqd22E

    Which type pf magnifying glass we should use?? And also tell me which range is good and is there is any special requirements in lens??

    i saw this one before but this version is way better

    how would i know which kind of magnifying glass to use? and what side should be facing the phone?

    2 replies

    Any magnifying glass would work, and the flat side should be facing your phone. :)

    I did this project but the image on my wall is still pretty blurry no matter how close or how far I move my phone. Any suggestions to make it clearer?

    i use straight shank glass 75mm but it does not work,should i change the glass???

    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).

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

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