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How To Make Your DIY Smartphone Projector With A Shoebox

How To Make Your DIY Smartphone Projector With A Shoebox

In case you hadn’t noticed, we are increasingly reliant on our smartphones to perform a range of tasks. Viewership through pocket devices up 35% from last year and mobile gaming is also on the rise. While phones are made to contact someone, it is as entertainment hubs that they are most appreciated in the modern age.

With this in mind, you may have flirted with the idea of turning your handset into a DIY smartphone projector. This video by TechBuilder can help you bring this concept to life, so long as you have the following items:

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  • A Hack-saw
  • A Shoe Box
  • A Magnifying Glass (for the projector lens)
  • A Foam Board
  • A Box Cutter
  • A Glue Gun
  • A Ruler
  • A Compass
  • Some Cellotape
  • Your Smartphone

What to Look Out for When Making Your DIY Smartphone Projector

With these items, you can begin to construct your simple and yet ingenious DIY smartphone projector using the steps in the video. Remember to keep the following points in mind:

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  • Use lots of glue when securing the shoe box. This prevents it from wobbling when the section is cut for the projector lens.
  • Use a compass to guide the box-cutter blade as this creates a precise hole for the lens.
  • When securing your smartphone against the foam board, ensure that it is placed centrally and aligned with the lens.
  • Remember to focus the lens (once complete) by moving the smartphone back and forth within the casing.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  1. Can you make modifications to optimize the Audio Output?
    You can punch a small hole on the casing and connect an auxiliary cable. If not, consider using either a Bluetooth speaker or a sound bar to optimize the sound.
  2. How can I improve the clarity of the picture after calibrating?
    Before you place your smartphone in the casing, adjust the sharpness, brightness, and contrast settings the get the best clarity and quality of image.
  3. Can I use any phone on this project?
    While the video uses an iPhone, you can use any Android or Apple handset so long as the casing is cut to a proportionate size.
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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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