Title

Adjustable and Portable Projector Stand

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Third Author Status

Senior

Fourth Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Fourth Author Status

Senior

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Email

kwatson@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Digital projectors are an affordable and readily available device used to display slideshows, movies, or pictures to an audience. Their compact size makes them ideal for venues without a dedicated monitor or ceiling-mounted projector as they can be transported easily. Unfortunately, the biggest issue facing portable projectors is the lack of position adjustment. The projected image may be skewed or distorted due to a projector being offset from the screen, which may be unavoidable due to certain room configurations. It is often necessary to find an alternative method of height adjustment or offset correction like using books to raise the projector. However, using books or other objects not specifically developed for use with projectors can obstruct an audience member’s line of sight, mar presentations, and/or distract the audience from what is being shown on the screen. There exists a need for a projector stand that requires a relatively small amount of space, reduces the amount of sight obstruction from cables and hardware, can be used with most portable projectors, is fully adjustable, is aesthetically pleasing, and is capable of being transported along with the projector. A projector stand satisfying the above considerations was manufactured using resources provided by the University of the Pacific as well as material and monetary contributions from each team member. Traditional methods of manufacturing through subtraction (e.g. machining) as well as manufacturing through addition (e.g. 3D printing) were used during the fabrication of the projector stand. The stand, weighing less than 20 pounds, provides a viable and visibly appealing alternative to traditional methods of adjustment while maintaining the aspect of portability.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

5-5-2018 3:30 PM

End Date

5-5-2018 4:30 PM

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Adjustable and Portable Projector Stand

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Digital projectors are an affordable and readily available device used to display slideshows, movies, or pictures to an audience. Their compact size makes them ideal for venues without a dedicated monitor or ceiling-mounted projector as they can be transported easily. Unfortunately, the biggest issue facing portable projectors is the lack of position adjustment. The projected image may be skewed or distorted due to a projector being offset from the screen, which may be unavoidable due to certain room configurations. It is often necessary to find an alternative method of height adjustment or offset correction like using books to raise the projector. However, using books or other objects not specifically developed for use with projectors can obstruct an audience member’s line of sight, mar presentations, and/or distract the audience from what is being shown on the screen. There exists a need for a projector stand that requires a relatively small amount of space, reduces the amount of sight obstruction from cables and hardware, can be used with most portable projectors, is fully adjustable, is aesthetically pleasing, and is capable of being transported along with the projector. A projector stand satisfying the above considerations was manufactured using resources provided by the University of the Pacific as well as material and monetary contributions from each team member. Traditional methods of manufacturing through subtraction (e.g. machining) as well as manufacturing through addition (e.g. 3D printing) were used during the fabrication of the projector stand. The stand, weighing less than 20 pounds, provides a viable and visibly appealing alternative to traditional methods of adjustment while maintaining the aspect of portability.