Material: Shoebox Paperclip Smartphone Magnifying glass (get it for $1 at Dollar Tree), or a large aperture lens X-acto knife or similar Electrical or black duct tape
Step 1: Trace a Hole on the Box A shoebox or similar will work great for your new projector.If the inside walls of your box are a bright color, you may want to spray paint them black or tape up some black paper for best image quality.Once your box is ready, trace the outer edge of your lens or magnifying glass onto one of the short sides of the box.
Step 2: Cut a Hole in That Box Cut out the inside of the circle you just traced.You don’t want light leaking around your lens so try not to cut too much.At the back of your box, cut a small hole for your phone’s power cord.
Step 3: Attach Your Lens Now you’ve got a porthole cut in your shoebox its time to stick on that lens.If your magnifying glass has a handle, you may want to remove it first.Line up your lens with the hole and apply tape around the entire edge of your lens.Make sure your lens is held securely and there are no holes between the tape for light to escape.
Step 4: Take a Stand We used this very helpful tutorial to make a stand for our phone out of a paper clip.Other stand ideas include this ultra-portable Tiltpod, this hand dandy Gorillapod, or this super creative lego stand from this cool tutorial.
Step 5: Flip Your Screen When light passes though a lens (including the lenses in your eyes), it gets flipped, which means the picture from your projector will come out upsidown.No fear though, we have a fix!For the iPhone go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on AssistiveTouch.Once activated, a little white orb will pop that you can drag around the screen.Click on the orb and go to Device > Rotate Screen.This will allow you to flip applications like the Photos app which would normally rotate itself right side up.Andriod users can download the app Ultimate Rotation Control.Or if all else fails you can just stand on your head.
Step 6: Finding Focus If your walls are plastered with pics you will need to clear out a little space for your projection.For a screen you could use a white bed sheet, turn a poster around, project onto a shower or window curtain, or just use the bare wall.Without a focus ring on your magnifying glass you’re going to have to foot focus.Position your phone in its stand near the back of the box and walk forwards or backwards until your image starts to come into focus.Once you’ve found a good range you can fine tune focus by moving your phone forwards or backwards in the box.If you used a camera lens for your projector, you get the bonus of a focus ring that gives you some extra flexibility in terms of screen size and focus distance.
Step 7: Don’t Fight the Light It’s not the power of your projector. It’s how you use it!For best viewing, turn the screen brightness of your phone all the way up and turn the room lights down.Set your phone’s photo app to slide show mode for a hands free experience.Your power cord can go through the hole you cut in the back of the box and a little tape will seal the deal
They sat in silence until the lights got dark and they could hear the sound of the projector flickering in the booth above them. Dale thought the sound of film running through a projector was his third favorite in existence, right behind a woman’s moan and an old fashioned cash register bell. One of the reasons he loved movies so much were all the ways they kept forgotten little clichéd histories alive, tucked deep inside viewers minds like memories of their mothers. Whenever anyone broke into small registers or rang up a sale in the movies, there was almost always a cash-register sound-effect accompanying the action. Registers hadn’t made that kind of sound for decades, but the movies didn’t let you forget those sweet, singing chimes of commerce. Go up to any kid working a register and ask him what sound it’d make if you broke into it. Cha-ching, he’d say, even though they really don’t. The sound money made didn’t even technically exist anymore, but enough of that prevailing noise accompanied enough images of opening registers in enough movies that the two became permanently married in everyone’s minds, a truth that became a lie to form another truth, branching out past the constructed reality of the silver screen and into the collective imagination of everyone. Only in the movies, as the expression goes, but that was a lie too, because nothing stays in the movies after people watch them. The things they see and hear live in their heads forever and if they were ever in danger of forgetting, another movie would come along to remind them. Perhaps even the same damn one. Cha-ching.