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Turn Your Smartphone Into a Projector!

Smartphones can do many things, and that includes playing videos, be it from youtube or from files you've transferred to them. The only problem with watching videos on our smartphone is the small screen size, making it uncomfortable to watch anything for more than a few minutes. And what happens when you want to show a special clip or a video you took, to a group of other people? It's not fun to huddle and squint. For that reason, we bring you this simple DIY project anyone can make, turning your ordinary smartphone, into a real life projector!

 
 
What You'll Need:
 
  • Shoe box
  • Magnifying glass
  • Paper clip
  • Cutting knife
  • Sticky tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Smartphone
  • Black paint (optional) 
 
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Find the exact center of the box (important for focus). Now place the center of the magnifying glass on this point and mark the spot.
 
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Use the knife to cut around the mark.  
 
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Optional - color the box black.
 
Place the magnifying glass in the hole created and set it in place with the sticky tape. 
 
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Make a hole at the edge of the box and pass the charger cable through it.
 
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Use the paper clip to make a little stand for the smartphone. Then, using the sticky tape, connect the stand you made to the box. 
 
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To prevent the picture from being mirrored, you'll need to turn the screen around. It doesn't really ruin the experience but it will change the direction of everything, and if you have subtitles, they won't display correctly.
 
iPhones have this function in the settings (Settings - General - Interface - Touch). If you have an android phone, you can download an app called 'picture flip' which will do the same thing. 
 
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Close the box, point it at the wall and check if the focus is right. If not, move the stand until you find it. 
 
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That's it! Now you can watch and show others youtube videos, clips, tv or movies from your smartphone, projected on your wall!
 
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