While the vivid holographic images of science fiction are still around the corners of the future, DIY’ers are coming up with new ways to imagine- beyond what is given to us. Taking simple objects and discarded items from around the home to repurpose and make better, is the new way of life. With this perspective, we can do just about anything we set our minds to, even if we have to use old junk to do it. Here, you will be given the tools and steps to create a DIY smartphone hologram projector
Check out this rad video from creator Mrwhosetheboss:
Pretty amazing, and simple, if you think about it.
Here is a list of the things you will need to get the job done. Some products and quality may vary, so be patient and work with it a little.
- Graph Paper
- A CD jewel case
- Clear tape or craft/model glue
- Pen or marker
- A knife, glass cutter, straight razor, box cutter, or X-acto blade
- and your smartphone, of course
- Create a template, using the graph paper to ensure uniformity and make the project easier for you when it comes time for assembly. The template should be in the shape of a rhombus with the dimensions close to 1 x 3.5 x 6 cm (as seen in the video). You can change this up for a larger projector. Cut out template.
- Prepare your material. Clean CD case. The higher the transparency, the better the clarity. Break away the edging, as it will only get in the way and will not be needed. Use the pen to trace the shape of the paper template. Do this four times on your CD case, selecting areas that are free from scratches or scuffs to ensure clarity.
- Carefully cut around the rhombus shapes using your selected tool. Once you have cut your first rhombus out, you can use it as a guide to more safely cut the remaining shapes form the jewel case.
- You can now begin assembling the pieces together, keeping in mind that the smaller portion of the rhombus will be the part that rests on your device, while the larger opening will act as the projector. If you want a more durable hold, you can use model or super glue. A gel-based super glue will adhere better to a plastic surface, or you can hold the pieces in place until the glue dries. To avoid the mess altogether, you can use tape. Clear tape is best, as it will not obstruct your visuals.
- Once glue has dried and the crew has gathered around to see what you’ve been working on, pull up one of the videos he shared in the description, or create your own to use with it. Turn off the lights, and enjoy the show.
Pretty rad. So, it’s not a real holographic projection, but it will push the limits of your imagination. What you are seeing is a reflection of the image. The rhombus shape enlarges the image with clarity and projects it on each side, giving it that 360 degree view. With the DIY mentality, some old junk, and a little determination, I can’t wait to see what we dream of next. Enjoy.