How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Movie Projector

Creating a movie projector out of a smartphone can help you save a lot of money. Turning your smartphone into a movie projector can be done easily in just a few steps and the best part about it is that it’s extremely affordable. We all know how expensive a movie projector can get, so in this article we will help you create a projector for your phone by using a simple shoebox that you already have in your house. So let’s get started.

Here’s what you need

To get it started you will need a couple of items, such as a shoebox, preferably black, fresnel lens, which are flat lens made of a number of concentric rings, to reduce spherical aberration.
These lens will give you the optimal view so don’t skip this step. You will need of course a smartphone, a pair of scissors, a cutter and tape, preferably black and opaque.

How to do it

The project is quite simple since you only need first to trace the outline of the lens on the shoebox. Be careful though to think about placing the lens at the bottom of the box so that it displays the entire image of the smartphone when projecting. After that, you will need to use your strength and agility with a cutter to cut the outline of the lens. Be careful not to cut yourself! Once you’ve made your hole in the box, you will need to place the lens and secure it by using tape. Please do not skimp on the tape, especially if it is not black and opaque. This is very important to keep in mind, because you need to make sure that no external light passes. Then, you must first increase the brightness to maximum on your smartphone, remove the automatic adjustment of brightness and especially lock the screen orientation, so that the image can be upside down in the box. This step is crucial to recreate the image since the lens automatically reverse the image. Finally, you will only have to place the smartphone on a stand in the box and play a video.

Tips to achieve the best results

In order to avoid getting a poor quality image, you need to follow these useful tips. For starters, make sure that the walls of your box are not a bright color. If they are, you may want to use some spray paint to paint the walls black. In addition, it’s important to make sure that the lens are positioned correctly and that there are no holes between the tape. If there are the light will escape and you won’t get any good results.

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