Nowadays, we can do almost anything on a smart phone: send emails,
play games, and even watch movies. Sometimes, however, squinting at the
small screen can leave our eyes feeling tired. Rather than watch a movie
or show on the tiny screen, why not magnify it via your very own
projector? Check out this fun and simple project below:
What You'll Need:
- Shoe box
- Duct tape
- X-acto knife (works better than scissors)
- Magnifying glass
- Phone stand (or something to act as a stand for your phone)
What You'll Do:
1.Cover all holes and gaps in the box using the duct tape. You don't
want to allow any light to enter or leave the box except for where you
will place the magnifying glass.
2.Go to the front and center of the box (on the shorter side). Place
the magnifying glass there and mark around it so you will know where to
cut. I suggest cutting a slightly smaller hole that you can push the magnifying glass lens into.
3.Using your X-Acto knife, slowly cut out the hole you just marked. Patch up any rough edges with duct tape.
4.From the inside of the box, push the lens into the opening. Tape
the handle to the inside of the box (to keep the lens in place).
5.Line up your smartphone or iPod with the magnifying glass and mark
this space. This is so you will know where to place the phone whenever
you use it. Place your "phone stand" on the spot you just marked and
glue it down (if you'd like it to be permanent).
6.You're ready to use your new projector! Turn the screen brightness
up to the highest setting on our phone and open the video you wish to
view. You will have to place the phone upside down in order to have the
picture appear right-side up. Just turn off the lights and - voila! -
you're all set to go.
Fancy technology? Maybe not—but plenty of fun just the same! You may
have to play around with the project and figure out what works best for
you and the specific materials you have.
Try out this project for yourself and let us know how it goes! Do you have any tips to share? Post a comment below!« Return to Social Media