Making a Low Tech Projector: Step one – Brainstorm

Hey all, so for the next little bit, Hannah, Lauren, and I are going to work on making something traditionally very high tech in a low tech and very inexpensive manner.

Overall cost to make our projector: $3      If you buy one… get one free

However, this is even more inexpensive if you have supplies on hand.

img_5569Brainstorming an Idea:

Before deciding on a projector, we had a couple of other ideas:

  • A shower microphone
  • A selfie stick
  • Camera Lense
  • Docking station
  • CD player
  • Webcam
  • Record Player

All of these were interesting, but we ended up deciding on trying to make a home projector. We did some research and found a website that would help us out with this task:  (This website suggested using a lens, but in effort to fulfil the requirements of the project to make a very low tech version of a high tech device, we decided to use a magnifying glass instead)

The process looked easy enough so we went out to collect our materials.


  • shoebox (black inside, or something to make it black)
  • phone (smartphone)
  • paperclips
  • exacto knife (we ended up just using scissors)
  • pencil
  • tape
  • scissors
  • magnifying glass (1.00 at the Dollar-store)

This was the end of meeting one, and we planned a date to meet up again and put our project together.


What did you think? Let me know!