Super Sleek IPod or Other Device Video Projector




In this Instructable I will show you step to step how to Make a Super Sleek Video Projector for your iPod, Zen, Zune, DS, or Other Media or Gaming device. It Requires no Power to Function and you Do not Have to Disassemble your device; it will sit on a Basing above the Mirror.

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Step 1: Lets Get Fetching!

For this Project you will need to Find the Following Items:

>A Shoe Box
>A Sheet of Mirror (Preferably PVC or Acrylic)
>A Projector Lens (Slide Projector ones Work Well)
>Spare Cardboard
>Glue Sticks

And the Following tools:

>A Stanley Knife
>A Straight Edge
>A Ruler in MM
>A Marker Pen

>A Basic Scale Drawing Ability.


Step 2: Cut the Lens Barrel Hole

Firstly, Draw A Line from one Corner to the Opposite Corner on the other side.
E.G. Top Left to Bottom Right and Bottom Left to Top Right.
Where the lines Meet give you your Center. Measure the Radius of the inside of your Barrel and Cut your hole from the Center accordingly.

Step 3: Marking the Mirror Angle

To do this you need to Firstly measure the Depth of your Box. My one was 12cm.

Next Draw A 12x12 cm Square

If you are on the left of your box draw from The Top right to the bottom left.

Then from the right draw from the Top Left to the bottom right.
On the inside you will need to draw the lines for positioning the mirror.

Step 4: Cut the Screen Hole

1. Draw a Line 12cm from the top along the width of your box if your box is 12cm deep.

Depth = Line Distance from Top.

2. Draw a Line 4cm from the top of the box.

3. Draw a line 8cm from the top of your line drawn in step 1 as if to meet the line drawn in step 2.

4. Draw lines going from the left to right sides at the level of the lines Drawn in steps 2 and 3.

5. Work out the area of your screen on your device;


Half your X and Y Axis values and mark a point for each and join the lines. Work from your center line and mark measuring half of each value on each side.

6. Then Stanley the Hole out neatly tidying the edges.

Step 5: Finalising

Measure your Diagonal line for your 45 Degrees and Mark This on an area or the mirror. Then measure the width of your box and join this to the Existing line on the mirror.

Get your Straight edge and put it along the line and score a couple of times with the Stanley, Continue this as Necessary then Snap the mirror out along the Lines.

Finally Put the Mirror into the Box with the edges along your pre-marked lines. When you are Happy with the Positioning simply glue gun the mirror in Place.

Step 6: Showtime!

Put your device over the Hole in the top and position the Projector so that it has a Projection surface, Preferably a White Wall. Focus the Image by Rotating the lens on its Barrel Thread and Changing the Position of the Projector.

The images Below do Not do the Actual Projection much Justice, you would have to see for yourself the actual quality and brightness.

My Projector Can Project from a 1.5 Inch (Very Bright) to a 3 Foot (Watchable) image.

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    44 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    A nice projector lens can be made from binoculars. one, or 2 objective lenses put together can project a nice image. A better, and sometimes even cheaper solution is to use a lens found inside copy machines. These lenses cost almost nothing, as the technology has gone trough many changes, and many machines are obsolete.. You might find one at the roadside, don't forget your tools! These lenses are designed to reproduce A4 - letter format! Another source is a slide projector, but only for small LCD sizes. Same story for old camera objectives: only for small LCDs. Enlarger objectives can work, but have a small aperture. The very best option is an areal camera objective lens, designed for very large film sizes, and very well corrected. Not always available, but often rather cheap at surplus stores.

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    the objective lens is the big one right? or is it the smaller lens?


    9 years ago on Step 1

    So you only used one lens? the projector I salvaged parts from had three...the one in front like yours, and then two rounded glass ones. I tried to make it with all three, but should I just try it with the front one???


    11 years ago on Introduction

    wow. can i use this for physics exhibit? how much does the projector lens cost and where can i get one?

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I think you you can just get a magnifying glass in national bookstore it'd be way cheaper though not that good quality


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I guess you could. You can get a lens off of eBay for around £10.00


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    wow, that's a lot of money for me. I'm from the Philippines, I hope that my parents will allow my budget. £1 is equivalent to P80-90 (pesos)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks, it works but the picture is less bright and i can't get it focused right.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    How far from the wall does it have to be before you get a blurry however somewhat of an image? It could be that if you are using a large aperture (Size of Lens) lens the aspect ratio (the Image x Projection Ratio) could be wrong for your distance and screen size.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    And it will not get any better? Is the lens totally clean; e.g no fingerprints grease etc? Try mucking about with the distance between the Device with the screen and the lens. Also is your mirror clean and moving that might fix it.