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5 Creative Ways to Use a Projector and Screen

by Pam Silvia

A projector and screen can conjure up more than just movie magic — yes, they are also tools for classroom instruction and corporate meeting rooms, but beyond that, projectors are aptly designed for personal use. Ever since electronics companies released models that are more lightweight and portable, projectors have become common fixtures in home theaters. And thanks to recent upgrades that have made them compatible with many smart devices, the possibilities for their use are endless.

Here are 5 creative ways to take your home theater setup beyond premium entertainment.

1. Larger-Than-Life Gaming

couples playing competitive video games on projector

By giving you the freedom to choose the screen size you want, a projector can take gaming to the next level. You can even forgo setting up a screen and see all the action blown up on a blank wall. Especially handy for when you’re playing video games with your friends, projectors will display split-screen imagery to appear bigger than on any TV, which heightens visibility — and competition.

While many modern projectors are compatible with most gaming consoles, you can experience brighter colors and faster response times with models that are marketed as being specially designed for gaming.

2. Follow-Along Recipe Projection

Whether you’re a culinary novice or a seasoned home chef, you’ll find that a portable projector in the kitchen can be your most powerful cooking utensil yet. From being able to quickly reference ingredient amounts and set timers, we are quite used to using our smart devices when cooking. But a downside to this convenience is putting your device in harm’s way, whether you’re dealing with hot oil splatters or mucky hands. To circumvent these sticky scenarios, you can use a mini portable projector to display recipe instructions or cooking videos on your kitchen wall.

3. Impromptu Photo Shoot Setup

young woman poses in front of projector screen with nebula projection

Projectors can open the door to fun projects — one of our favorites is the opportunity to take stylish photos. Achieving an Instagram-worthy pic is as easy as setting up your projector with an intriguing backdrop and posing in front of it as your camera timer or photographer snaps away. The result is an artistic picture of you with an image of your choice projected onto your face and/or body. Captivating backgrounds include ocean waves, interstellar clouds, city skylines, graphic text, neon signage, wavy patterns, and more.

4. Life-Sized Holiday Displays

There are plenty of options when it comes to using a projector for seasonal displays. For low-effort winter decorations, you may choose to employ an outdoor projector to exhibit an image onto the front or side of your house. Some ideas include a season’s greetings banner, moving light projections, and king-sized images of holiday iconography.

Another possibility is projecting fireworks during live streams for the Fourth of July and the New Year ball drop from the comfort of your living room. This is a great idea in case you are hosting a party or do not feel like waiting outside in the cold. While you can catch the action on a TV screen, a projector can make the fireworks appear life-sized for a truly immersive experience.

5. Immersive Bedtime Stories

 grandma and grandchild use projector screen for bedtime entertainment

Bedtime routines are a magical bonding experience for parents and children alike. Thanks to the portability of a projector, it can be easily moved between rooms and connected to new devices. So, when it comes to bedtime stories and other forms of positive engagement, you can use the projector to provide imagery for young children — whether you’re trying to provide visuals for an anecdote, are aiming for a more interactive experience for sing-alongs, or creating new stories together with images.

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