Hack Attack: make a box projector

Here's a cheap way to make your own projector for displaying photos and videos from your smartphone or tablet.


Welcome to Hack Attack, where we take a light-hearted look at building your own photographic tools on the cheap.

Photography is an expensive hobby. With new toys being released all the time to make you lust after pricey photo gear, Hack Attack provides the wallet-friendly version of doing it yourself. Over the coming weeks, you'll be able to watch the projects grow in complexity, and possibly see some epic DIY fails along the way.

There are a few cameras on the market with a built-in projector, but they cost a lot. Here's how you can make an equally underpowered projector for viewing photos and videos on your smartphone. You will need:

  • Rectangular box or shoebox

  • Gaffer tape

  • Blu-Tack

  • Scissors

  • Magnifying glass

  • Smartphone.

Thanks to Chris Price and HouseholdHacker for the DIY inspiration.

See more how-to and DIY videos from Hack Attack here.


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