Making a TARDIS bigger on the inside


Over Thanksgiving, [Greg] had a little time on his hands and decided he needed an afternoon project. Having a few bits of plywood, an xacto knife, and some blue paint on hand meant a miniature TARDIS would take shape on his workbench. After finishing the model, [Greg] continued improving it with a blinky LED when the thought of adding an interior to the TARDIS entered his mind. An idea too good to pass up, really.

The TARDIS, of course, is smaller on the outside, so [Greg] needed a way to virtually model the interior of [9] and [10]’s home. After playing around with Blender for a few days, [Greg] had a reasonable 3D facsimile of the TARDIS interior. Now the only problem was to display it behind the front door.

[Greg] whipped up a small app for his phone that reads a zebra print pattern behind the door and overlays the 3D modeled TARDIS interior. Yes, it’s only viewable through augmented reality, but tilting the desktop TARDIS from side to side makes the entire console room visible. You can check out [Greg]’s TARDIS interior in the video after the break.

25 thoughts on “Making a TARDIS bigger on the inside

  1. Nicely done.

    I’ve always wanted a life-size TARDIS that would serve as a door to a secret room, or lift to an underground lair, so it really would be bigger on the inside. I know. I’m a nerd. But this is hackaday, so I think I’m in good company.

  2. This is really neat, I only watched the end of the video but could have have put a lcd inside the box with an accelerometer/titlmeter to change the perspective?

    1. That won’t work the way you expect – the angle displayed is dependent on the angle between the tardis and your eyes/the phone camera, *not* the angle between the tardis and the ground.

    2. I was thinking along similar lines but using something similar to Johnny Lee’s Wiimote head tracking display. In either case, this is so cool.

    3. If you wanted to use the accelerometer, you’d have to be wearing it on your head. He only tilts the tardis in the video because he is lazy to move the phone (and the camera) to view the changing perspective of the “inside”.

  3. That’s very neat. All this stuff about that show lately makes me almost want to actually watch it. Seems like everyone else has seen it.

  4. if you have an extra phone you could replace the zebra print with the phone’s LCD screen. Put the phone inside and the acceleration sensors will detect when it moves and shift the view accordingly.

  5. I don’t understand. I just don’t get it.

    This has been up all day and fartface has not come around to say how it is clearly obviously horrible and hackaday is circling the drain.

  6. Insane. “He decided he needed an afternoon project”. Gawd, it’d take weeks for me to figure out how to do the cellphone app nevermind everything else!

  7. For those who have a spare $30 and want to make this easy, just buy a TARDIS bank and replace the inside door image with the zebra print. There are ones with LED/sounds as well.

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