Make an IPod Video Projector




About: Name: Bård Lund Johansen Engineer, Materials Technology

Project video and pictures on a screen using your iPod!

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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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    296 Discussions


    5 years ago

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

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



    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Step 3

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

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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


    8 years ago on Step 3

    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 !…