Turn Your Smartphone Into a Projector
by Susan Marque
It’s easier than ever to share everything you have on your phone or tablet. From a PowerPoint presentation at work to your own home movies on a televisio or wall, here are three ways to turn your smartphone into a projector.
No 1: Project presentations via your smartphone using an app
With apps such as Gmote 2.O (Android, free), you can simply use your phone as a remote control. Or use the SlideShark presentation app (IOS, free) to turn your mobile device into a sleek way to project and share PowerPoint presentations. It even gives you the power of the laser pointer.
No 2: Turn your phone into the actual projector
Using a digital AV adapter and an HDMI cable or a mobile high definition link, you can plug your smartphone directly into a monitor, TV, or even a projector that has the HDMI port. You simply connect your phone into the adapter using a cable long enough that you do not need to stand right next to the flat screen to control what you are viewing. Anything you have on your phone can be seen on the screen you are linked to. Ianthe Mauro, creator of Objects With Purpose and The Wearable Candle, found it to be invaluable when sharing product information with her sales team on the go. It works in a conference room or a living room. “I can share [my products] with so many more people this way. And it is simple,” says Mauro.
No. 3: Create an old-fashioned projector
If your goal is to project a movie for the kids, and you like do-it-yourself projects, this can be a fun option for you. You can turn a small box into a smartphone projector in minutes with a magnifying glass, shoebox, duct tape, and your phone. There are a number of sites such as PhotoJoJo that show you the exact steps to make an old-school projector out of a box. This projector doesn't require a TV, or cable connector, to get your films and photos up on a bigger screen, or even a wall. You just need the homemade projector box, and your smartphone.
Susan Marque got her M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School, writes for magazines, television, and is currently working on a memoir. She is also a healthy food expert, loves both food and tech, and all things photo related. Her photo art has sold in Beverly Hills and London.
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