How many times have you wanted to share a video with a multitude of people, only to find yourselves crowded around a smartphone, running out of shoulder room, and not fully catching what was supposed to be shared to begin with? It has happened to us all. More often than not, the most convenient device is the one we have on us at the time something amazing happens, so we need to get used to adapting in this awesome new world of possibilities. Impress your family, friends, or even your date with this super handy trick to making a smartphone projector with household objects. It’s simple and it’s fun. But, be careful, you might just impress someone!
Check out this video we found by Buzzfeed. And for some further instructions and tips, read below.
Here is what you will need:
- A Box
- A Pencil
- A Knife
- Binder Clips
- Black Paper
- A Glue Stick
- A Magnifying Glass
- and Your Phone!
- Trace the lens portion of the magnifying glass on one of the ends of the box.
- Cut the traced circle out of the box and remove. An exacto knife i best for control and safety.
- Place the magnifying glass inside of the traced hole, securing with tape. For heavier glasses, a duct tape will hold better.
- Cover the inside of the box with the black paper. Construction paper is fine for this. Glue paper to insides to keep from falling.
Unfold a smaller clip and place the metal tongs inside of the black grips of a larger clip. Laying on their sides, now unfold one side of the larger clip, creating a wall to lean your device up against. This should also leave the other metal arm extended in front on the bottom of the larger clip for balance (see video).
You will need to set your phone up to send the picture correctly. This may be different, depending on the model of phone you have.
For Apple Devices or iPhones: Settings> Accessibility> Assistive Touch> Toggle Assistive Touch to “On”. Press Gesture> Device> Rotate Screen Accordingly>
For Android Phones: There are rotation apps available for download.
You will want to move the phone around to find the best focus. Lights out and ENJOY!
This is a fun and wonderful way to share what needs to be shared, and maybe have a few laughs along the way. Impress the kids, or maybe that girl that lives down the hallway with a DIY smartphone projector. Whoever your audience, they will be thankful you watched this video, and admire your reigning DIY resourcefulness.