Sure, you could pretend to be the Doctor with a simple plastic sonic screwdriver. It might even have a LED on the tip, and if you’re really splurging a tiny speaker for sound effects. Yep, you could make due with an inelegant version of the Doctor’s Gallifreyan army knife, or you could get this amazingly detailed sonic screwdriver replica.
Instead of a plastic or resin replica, this replica of the 11th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver is made out of die-cast, copper plated metal with a jade green polycarbonate tip. This replica has a few tricks up its sleeve; instead of just lighting up and providing a few sound effects at opportune times, it also can serve as a programmable infrared remote with a gesture interface thanks to a three-axis accelerometer. If that’s not enough, the copper ‘rods’ just below the tip also serve as a touch interface for the microcontroller on board.
For as many jaw dropping light saber builds we’ve seen we’re genuinely surprised we haven’t seen more sonic screwdriver builds. It’s really cool this toy can serve as a remote control, but we’re betting a few Hackaday readers can replicate this replica with an extendable jewel cage and maybe even a Bluetooth gesture controller.
If you’d like your own sonic screwdriver, you can pick one up at ThinkGeek (for the US) or Forbidden Planet (for the UK). After the break is a video released by ThinkGeek showing off the this truly awesome remote control.
Tip ‘o the hat to [Zerocool] for sending this one in.
13 thoughts on “Sonic Screwdriver Controls Your TV, Doesn’t Work On Wood”
Wow, I finally made it to hack a day!
was it because of the tip line or facebook?
Updated the post. Now you’re immortal or something.
woo hoo im a timelord, your a timelord harry!
Annnd it’s gone.
Out of stock on Thinkgeek (US).
It’s not released until September.
Far out. The only drawback is needing to find a local with artistic talent to create a decent looking wall hanging to help remember how to control the TV. $100+ is to expensive to risk someone throwing down on the floor in frustration. Now the idea is out there I wonder how long it will be, before a hacker marries an accelerometer to a 10 buck universal remote from Walmart, building a wood model of the Dr. Who prop to put it all in?
Now if they sold IR activated door locks you could actually use it to open doors.
– It would be easy enough to add IR control to a magnetic strike for a door, and that would be pretty slick. :-) – I had one of this company’s ‘Wand’ remote, added an IR pickup to my PC, and could then program to do anything you want from the remote – Control Lights, AV system, whatnot…
RFID chip embedded in the handle?
But why only for 11? Where is the 9/10 ssd?
Who has a sonic screwdriver? Who looks at a screwdriver and says “ooh, I know! This could be sonic!“
Never had a long night of putting up shelves?
Is this compatible with any type of Television?
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