Build a Raspberry Pi pocket projector…how awesome is that?!

YouTuber MickMake has been working hard on producing a Raspberry Pi pocket projector with the Raspberry Pi Zero W. We’re excited. We know you’re excited. So enough of us talking, here’s Mick with more!

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YouTuber Novaspirit Tech released a new video yesterday, reviewing MickMake’s Raspberry Pi Zero W pocket projector, and the longer the video ran on, the more we found ourselves wanting our own!

Thank you, Novaspirit Tech, for reminding us to subscribe to MickMake. And thank you, MickMake, for this awesome project!

The Pi Zero W pocket projector of your dreams

In his project video, Mick goes into great detail about the tech required for the project, along with information on the PCB he’s created to make it simpler and easier for other makers to build their own version.

raspberry pi pocket pi projector mickmakes

The overall build consists of the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W, a DLP2000 board, and MickMake’s homemade $4 PCB, which allows you to press-fit the projector together into a very tidy unit with the same footprint as a Raspberry Pi 3B+ — perfectly pocket-sized.

Specs and things

While the projected images obviously aren’t as clear as those of high-end projectors, MickMake’s projector is definitely good enough to replace a cheap desktop display, or to help you show off your projects on the go at events such as Raspberry JamsCoolest Projects, and Maker Faire. And due to its low power consumption, the entire unit can run off the kind of rechargeable battery pack you may already be carrying around for your mobile phone. Nice!

In his review video, NovaSpirit Tech goes through more of the projector’s playback and spec details, and also does a series of clarity tests in various lights. So why read about it when you can watch it? Here you go:

Custom PCBs

We see more and more makers designing their own custom PCBs to make everyone’s life that little bit easier.

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If you’ve created a custom PCB for your Raspberry Pi project, feel free to use the comments section as free advertising space for one day only! You’re welcome.


Peter Barker avatar

*cough* *cough* TinyPi *cough* *cough*

just my little project :) the smallest pi based gaming device

then i made it better :)

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MickMake avatar

HI guys!
Thanks for the props! You can check out the full details of the project here:

I’m planning a number of features in the next version, which will make it even more cool.


MickMake avatar

Also…. the next version I’ve made has inbuilt LiPo battery charging!

DennisonKT avatar

You really should include the $103 price tag for the DLP board in the text with the rest of the components.

Alex Bate avatar

The PCB and Pi Zero W prices are set in stone. You may be able to find the DLP for multiple prices online.

Ton van Overbeek avatar

See also the DLP200 review by Frederick Vandenbosch from March here:

BoB LeSuer avatar

I got very excited about this board when I saw it on sale. However, isn’t the DLP2000 discontinued? Are there other options available?

BoB LeSuer avatar

(facepalm) please ignore my inability to differentiate out-of-stock from discontinued.

joat avatar

I have one of Mick’s boards. If you read the specs on the Pi 0 and the 3B/3B+, it has the same pin-out for the headers (hint, hint).

Srini avatar

So, what are you trying to hint? can I simply solder without buying this board?

Paulo Menon avatar

What is the maximum resolution you can projected using it?

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