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Repurpose an IKEA Swing Arm Lamp into a Web Cam Boom

For video chat, mounting your web cam over your monitor makes sense. For capturing your DIY projects and other filming, however, a boom arm is in order. This clever DIY hack turns a $9 IKEA lamp into a functional camera boom.

Chris, the maker and tinker behind The New Hobbyist, needed a cheap but dependable boom arm for his web cam so that he could properly document all his projects. His solution was to pick up an IKEA Tertial Work Lamp for $9, strip out the wiring, build a small bracket for his Logitech Web Cam and enjoy much smoother camera movements and better camera placement.

Hit up the link below to check out his build guide and additional photos.

$9 Web Cam Jig [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/12/11

Comments (6)

  1. Hatryst

    I believe these IKEA products are never used for their intended purpose. Always hacked and modded to make something more useful :D

  2. Mike

    I think this would also make a great mike boom for USB mikes use with voice recognition programs or other software.

  3. Dave

    This article solves the first step in a project I just started for my brother. He has very poor vision and finds reading a book or the paper very difficult. Devices for magnifying print are available but they run close to $3000. I plan to mount a web cam to an arm like this but is there any software that will magnify print for display on his computer monitor?

  4. Vjogi

    Hi Dave
    Look at the accessibility options in windows that allow high contrast, large size display as well as mouse pointer options
    Good luck

  5. ron

    Dave: start with the built in Windows Magnifier applet. If that isn’t good enough, there is other freeware out there, “google is your friend”

  6. David

    Dave, most OS’s come with some type of magnification tool or app pre-installed. Google your OS and magnifier app and see what you come up with. I think I’ll be buying a lamp like this and modify it to hold my webcam and a small computer microphone or I’ll get two lamps and have one for each device.

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