Many of you might be old enough to remember the fun of sitting around the darkened family room watching slide shows of the family vacation, wedding or graduation. Sitting on the sofa fidgeting with the siblings waiting for an adult to get the equipment working and witnessing the magic of seeing family and friends projected onto a sheet on the wall was a lot of fun! In 2014, the old school slide projectors don’t give us the image quality we’ve come to expect in this age of high definition photos, digital projectors are expensive and who needs another piece of equipment to worry about caring for or storing? Fortunately, there is a way to quickly, easily and inexpensively turn your smartphone into a photo projector. Let’s bring all those images trapped in your phone photo gallery to life! Many thanks to my friends at Verizon for these terrific DIY images. Disclosure: I am a Verizon Ambassador.
1. You will need a few things: Electrical tape, a magnifying lens, a shoebox, a marker and a scalpel, or similar sharp object.
2. On one end of your shoebox, trace the magnifying lens with your marker. Try to get the circle as close to center as possible.
3. Place the lid on top, and continue tracing the circle onto the lid. This will ensure a snug fit!
4. Using your scalpel or other sharp tool, cut just inside the traced circle.
5. Don’t forget to also cut out the semi -circle on the shoebox lid.
6. Attach the magnifying glass to your shoebox using electrical tape. Make sure to cover any holes where light can get in.
7. Now attach your smartphone to the inside of the shoebox. I used tape, but there are many great DIY smart phone holders that you can make with very little supplies. Do an online search for “DIY smart phone holders” to get some ideas!
8. Because of how the projector reflects light, you need to download a free app to control your mobile device’s auto rotate function. Both iPhones and Androids have apps available that won’t cost you a dime. Your phone should be on landscape mode and taped into the homemade projector upside down
9. Point your projector onto a blank white wall and find a room that is completely dark. This cheap projector will be working hard for you, so help it out by turning your phone’s brightness up to 100%. You will also need to adjust the distance of the projector from the wall to get the focus right. After that, microwave up a bucket of popcorn, start your photo slideshow and sit back with your family to enjoy the show!
And that’s it! Just nine quick steps and you are ready to put your phone to work showcasing your amazing pictures for the entire family to enjoy!
Here’s a pic laying out all the steps in one shot if you feel like sharing this DIY projector on Pinterest.