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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 October 6, 2020

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

Is it time to make some changes in your life? It just might be. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.

Here are some signs it’s time to change your life.

1. Every week, you cannot wait for Friday.

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    Fridays are fun, but one thing I’ve discovered in my quest to find and do work I absolutely love is that almost every day can be really fun. If you’re saving all your living for the weekends, it’s time to truly think about your lifestyle and consider making some changes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to have plans you look forward to on the weekends, but what if you could have that excited Friday feeling most, if not all, days of the week? It takes a lot of self-discovery and work, but it’s truly possible to live a life you love—even on Mondays.

    2. You live for your vacations.

    Vacations are great, but what’s even better is building a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. As Seth Godin said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Vacations are fun and exciting, but even better is building a life where you have the potential to do what lights you up many weeks of the year, not just your two allotted vacation weeks.

    3. When you stop and think about it, you’re really not focusing your life on your priorities.

    Write down your 3 top priorities. Then write down the 3 things you focus most of your life on. Are you spending your time living your top priorities? Consistently spending time doing what matters most to you is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled in your life. If you’re not focusing your life on what’s important to you, it’s time to make some changes.

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    4. You have no idea what lights you up, and you don’t have the space in your life to discover it.

    If you haven’t found your passion in your current life, you’re not going to find it if you continue to do your same routine, over and over, year after year. In order to discover what lights you up, start by creating the space in your life to seek it. Give yourself time to figure out who you are, what your strengths are, and what picques your interest. Experiment with learning new things, spending time with inspiring people, and doing more of what excites you and less of the things that suck your energy.

    5. You’re frequently jealous.

    If you find yourself frequently feeling jealous of someone, there are 3 changes to consider making:

    1. Make a point to focus on your path instead of his or her journey. Sometimes this involves taking a break from social media.
    2. Get inspired from the person you’re jealous of, and work toward a similar goal in your life.
    3. Decide what the other person has is not something you are willing to put in the effort to achieve, so you’ll cheer him or her on but choose to not be jealous.

    When you are feeling jealous, consider why you want what the other person has, and what your motives are. Living a life on your terms, focused on your priorities, passions, and strengths, will provide you with much more fulfillment than trying to be somebody else.

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    6. You can’t remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone.

    According to Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Your life can become even more amazing if you stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start, try the tips in this article about small ways to step out of your comfort zone.

    Life is too short to spend your years not living to your full potential. If you decide you’re ready to change your life, I encourage you to start taking small action steps toward the life you want to live. Keep moving forward.

    Check out this video if you’re ready to make a change in life:

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