The Luckies Guide To Building The Smartphone Projector

How to build a Luckies Smartphone Projector

Posted by:Luckies on 21-10-2014

You’ve unwrapped the Smartphone Projector, given your best mate/brother/the family dog a big thumbs up and finally sat down to build it. But where do you start? Don’t sweat it, pal. Luckies have got you covered…

What is the Smartphone Projector?

Projectors are so last century. They’re expensive, clunky and not always practical – unlike the Smartphone Projector from Luckies. It’s a DIY cardboard projector that can be used to screen any image, static or moving, from your smartphone onto the wall – and it’s only £17.95. It’s lightweight and easy to carry around, and can be used with iOS and Android-compatible smartphones with maximum dimensions of 14.5 x 8 cm or 5.7 x 3.2 inches.

What shall I watch on it?

Smartphone projector diy

Anything you like! If you need some ideas, here’s a few of our suggestions:

1. Pull on your Pjs or a Onesie, snuggle up under your covers and project movies and catch up TV onto your bedroom wall. Proper cosy. Just careful you don’t get popcorn under the sheets.

2. Having trouble fitting all your mates around your smartphone? Project those funny fail videos and Vines onto the wall instead – without anyone having to pull a muscle in their neck to join in. Boom.

3. Make up a slideshow of photos or cool visuals on your laptop, upload it onto your smartphone and create cool visuals at house parties. This also works well with still images – especially if you’ve got more than one Smartphone Projector.

diy smartphone projector

Right, let’s get down to business. What’s inside the box? How do I put it all together?

Get your Blue Peter badge on, because this is where things get a little bit hands on. But don’t worry – you won’t need to collect a week’s worth of toilet roll tubes or ice lolly sticks to build the Smartphone Projector, ’cause most of what you need is already inside the box. In fact, the only extras that you need are tube of superglue or double sided sticky tape and 15 minutes (yep, that’s it!) of your time.

Box contents:

  • 2 x cardboard nets
  • 4 x cardboard rings
  • 2 x rubber o-rings
  • 1 x card tube
  • 1 x glass lens
  • 1 x sticky gel mat
  • 1 x full set of easy-to-follow instructions

To assemble the Smartphone Projector, just have a gander at our instructional video:

Is there anything that I need to do before I can use it?

Before you start screening cat videos off YouTube, you need to the flip and lock the image on your smartphone:

iOS users:

  1. Enable ‘Assitive Touch’ (Settings > General > Accessibility)
  2. Go to your video and turn phone into landscape mode
  3. Hit the floating button that’s appaeared since you turned on ‘Assitive Touch’
  4. Select ‘device’, ‘Rotate Screen and choose either ‘Left’ or ‘Right’

Android users:

  1. Go to Google Play
  2. Download ‘Ultimate Rotation Control’
  3. Open the app
  4.  Under ‘Global Rotation’, lock your image into either landscape orientation
  5. Deselect ‘Enable per App Settings’

Next, turn the lights off and draw the curtains (the darker the better!), turn your screen brightness up to 100% and the volume up to max. Place your Smartphone Projector one to two metres away from a smooth flat wall, move the rear of the projector in and focus the image. Now all you have to do is kick back, relax and enjoy LOLCats at up to 8x magnification. Pretty cool, huh?

What if I need to charge my phone?

There’s a nifty little hole in the side of the Smartphone Projector that’s perfectly sized for a cable to fit through. Just don’t leave it in there too long – it might get hot and overheat.

Where can I find out more info?

To find out more info and watch more videos, just head on over to our You Tube Channel.

Got a Smartphone Projector? Tweet us your tips, tricks and recommendations over at @LuckiesofLondon.