Smartphones are great for many things and really come in handy in various situations for the most different kinds of business people. However, smartphones are also used by amateurs and non-professionals as a kind of a replacement device – wannabe writers note down ideas for their next book, semi-amateur photographers capture interesting moments they will later perfect in Photoshop and novice musicians to track down their favorite radio tune via music-recognition apps. But, all of these options became less interesting some time ago when people discovered you could turn your phone into a legitimate 3D hologram projector that totally works! Here are a couple of hacks how to achieve it and what it may bring.

The What

Even though most people might consider this idea – and they are not to be blamed – creating 3D images is not achieved via a special projector-based app. And least not yet, but there are 3D Android apps present on the market as we speak.
This kind of an image is achieved by a couple of everyday objects put to a special use – pieces of plastics and some superglue to keep them together. Apart from that, you need tools that will turn your plastic into a projector and, of course, your smartphone.

The How

The easiest way to create a projector is to use plastics from a simple CD case. You must have one or two around – although, let us be honest, all of us probably have one or two dozens that we do not use – so why not put them to a good use. First of all, make four trapezoid shapes out of a graph paper with the bases one and six centimeters long. Then, transfer this trapezoid piece of paper onto the plastic and cut out four pieces using a glass cutter or a craft knife, which ever you have on you.
Now, it is time to connect these individual sides and create a projector. Do this by gluing their sides with some superglue – which is the better option – or sellotape – which is a bit worse since it is not as aesthetically appealing as glue. This might not be one of its most common uses, but it will still be more than appropriate.

Video Instructions

The Projection

Of course, you cannot play just any video on your smartphone and expect it to have three dimensions, just like not all movies in cinemas are able to be seen that way. Therefore, lay your phone down on a flat surface and place the plastic construction on top of it and play some 3D-based videos. The results you get will depend on the quality of the video, the clearness of your phone’s screen and the clarity of the plastic you used.

The Impressions

No matter how effective this hack is, please do not expect Escape from L.A.-type of images nor the quality equal to Tupac Shakur’s hologram seen on 2012 Coachella Music Festival. However, if made correctly, this projector will create a full 360° 3D image right in the palm of your hand – and that alone is quite fantastic, after all!

Posted by Nate M. Vickery

Nate M. Vickery is an entrepreneur and marketing consultant from Sydney, Australia. Lately he is mostly engaged in investing and developing his web designing hobby. Aside from work he enjoys spending time in the great Australian outback and watching football games.