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heiowge
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:55 am    Post subject: Cheap projector needed Reply with quote

I hope people can help here...

I'm decorating my daughter's room and she wants Spongebob on the walls. I've thought of many different ways to do this, but I thought projecting him and using the image to paint an outline would work best.

I need a cheap projector for this. I know this is a pretty expensive thing to buy and it might be cheaper to hire a professional to paint the thing, but I've often thought of getting a projector anyway and this seems as good an excuse as any.

Problem is budget and payment method. I only have about 130 to spend and it must be by paypal. I can't transfer that to my bank first (I've hit the yearly cap).

What I want: I'm not after something with hi-def and all bells and whistles. I need something reliable that won't explode, blow a bulb or overheat after 5 minutes of usage.

It needs to connect comfortably by that lovely VGA socket I have on my netbook. It need not have a remote, although that'd be nice. I'd far prefer new.

Any ideas? Ta.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acer C20 I have seen one of these working, one of my lug mates has it, found this on ebay
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a look and checked reviews. Only real issue I can see (apart from the used and still in the auction price tag) is that the projected image isn't particularly bright. Could be a problem when I come to use it in the daytime.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DIY:
http://youtu.be/-TDQt4IUDmo
http://youtu.be/mlQkdB1arRY

The lens in the second one looks like it would be fun to play with for other projects too Razz

More low-fi: https://pinterest.com/pin/90635011220328931/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of those vids lost me the moment it said "iPod". Stumbling block for me. I never buy apple! Laughing

Making a projector sounds fun. Maybe if I had a working smartphone... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
One of those vids lost me the moment it said "iPod". Stumbling block for me. I never buy apple! Laughing

Making a projector sounds fun. Maybe if I had a working smartphone... Laughing
I haven't tried it, but perhaps you could stick the cardboard box/lens over a laptop screen?
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