If the photo of the Smartphone Projector 2.0 looks like it is made from cheap cardboard, that is because it is. There are many ways to properly project your smartphone’s display on a wall but this is obviously not one of them. However, it does actually work as a projector although you probably won’t be using it for a presentation. It is a fun novelty piece that will teach you quite a bit about the basics of image projection and the science behind it.
If you are wondering about the 2.0 suffix, the main difference between this new version and the older one is that the newer Smartphone Projector 2.0 comes mostly pre assembled out of the box. You still have to do some minor assembly with the lens but it is basically ready to be used right out of the box. If you prefer a little more hands-on activity, you can go for the original Smartphone Projector instead.
As you might have expected, there are no electrical parts in the Smartphone Projector 2.0. It is powered by your smartphone itself which you place into the back of the projector using an included sticky mat. The image from your phone is then magnified and projected on a wall.
You can control the magnification and focus by sliding the two halves of the projector box and also by adjusting the distance between the projector and your wall. The projector works best when used in a fully dark room and projected on a smooth white wall. The brighter your smartphone display, the better image quality you get although don’t expect too much from it. You should definitely avoid watching movies with a lot of dark scenes in it.
As mentioned earlier, this is more of a novelty toy rather than a real piece of equipment. However a fan of Super 8 films and classic Hollywood will get a real kick out of the Smartphone Projector 2.0.
One other thing to note of is that the image projected is upside down and mirrored. In order to get it to work properly we had to lock the screen rotation on the phone and place it upside down. However that does not solve the mirroring problem with text that appear on the screen.
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