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Follow these 6 simple steps to turn any smartphone into a 3D hologram projector

I have been patiently waiting for the first smartphone that can project hologram images, but apparently every current smartphone already has this ability.

It might not be exactly what you’re thinking, but with a few basic tools and a CD case, your phone will be projecting images in no time. These instructions come courtesy of Mrwhosetheboss via YouTube, and it’s amazingly cool.

What you will need

  • CD case
  • Graph paper
  • Tape or super glue
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or glass cutter

Step 1

Using a pen and a piece of graph paper, make the following rhombus shape and cut it out with scissors. The dimensions should be 1 x 3.5 x 6 cm. You can actually double or triple the sizes for a better effect, but this is a good start for now.

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Step 2

Remove the edges from any CD case. Just make sure the case isn’t too scratched up, which would affect the quality of the image.

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Step 3

Trace the rhombus shape on any area of the CD case. Using a utility knife or glass cutter, carefully cut out the rhombus shape. Now use this first piece as a template to easily cut out three additional pieces.

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Step 4

Connect the four pieces together with either tape or glue. Although glue will give you a cleaner look, tape is recommended since it will be a tedious process to get the glue to hold the thin edges of the plastic. Just make sure to use clear tape so it doesn’t distort the effect. Note: One of the pieces in the image below is slightly broken, but it’s not an issue.

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Step 5

Turn off the lights and place the projector screen on your smartphone and load up a hologram-specific video. You can use this five-minute demo video here or search for “hologram video” via Google or YouTube for other examples.

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Step 6

Enjoy your new hologram projector and amaze your friends.