The Sparkfun folks have a sweet recipe for building an Arduino-based, accelerometer-triggered Tardis sound-effects box into the ceiling of an elevator, noting that care must be taken not to freak out riders and precipitate a bomb-squad visit.
As it stands, the contraption works well enough (much like the TARDIS itself). But for those looking for perfection, there could be a few improvements. These are left as exercises for the reader:
Improve battery life using sleep mode. Right now the Arduino is on all the time, using about 20mA of current continuously. We’re got a pretty big battery attached to it (6000mAh), which gives it a lifetime of about a week, but the battery could last for months if the project went to sleep between playings. The Arduino can indeed be programmed to go to sleep, waiting for an interrupt signal (a pin changing state) to wake it up. And the ADXL345 accelerometer can be configured so that it sends an interrupt when an acceleration threshold is reached, so this shouldn't be difficult to do. In practice you can’t get down to microamps with a full Arduino board, since it will always be burning some current in the voltage regulator, power LED, etc. But with a bit of software and hardware hacking, sleep mode would definitely improve the lifetime situation.
Stop playing when the elevator stops. Currently, the TARDIS MP3 was edited so that it is approximately the length of an elevator ride, and the code plays the MP3 to the end before listening for further accelerometer bumps. But you could also end a longer MP3 when you detect that the elevator stops (or, since the MP3 chip has a volume control command, you could even fade it out!)
Bigger and better! Bigger speakers, disco lights and music, black lights... you can really go in any direction. Make us proud. But remember...
Xandrigirly made this stained glass Tardis for a class. It's lovely work.
It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!]
I blogged "Extermiknit!", a knittable Dalek, back in 2007, but it turns out that an even cooler knittable Dalek of the same name was created on Feather and Fan in 2010, with an opening hatch containing a Kaled mutant, and here it is.
After completing the top of the Dalek as specified, I created an opening in the front by steeking carefully along the vertical line between the knit “instrument panel” and the purled rest of the midsection–just used some sewing shears and cut straight through the middle of the rightmost line of knit stitches, along the entire height of the midsection. I then carefully unraveled the stitches from right to left on the rows above and below the desired door area, to the left end of the “instrument panel”, and placed these two horizontal pairs of exposed stitches on DPNs.
This creates a kind of door flap, hinged vertically along the left-hand side. I sewed down the outer edge of the door with one yarn tail, and used a sewn bindoff and the other two yarn tails to fasten the top and bottom of the door flap. The door flap was now bound off and would not unravel.
FO: EXTERMIKNIT! EXTERMIKNIT! « Feather and Fan
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Sillysparrowness, a self-described "German teacher with a leaning towards silliness," described the process by which she came to build a beautiful, obsessively finished Tardis.
I built a TARDIS
Etsy seller LIMOchi makes these killer "poly leather" TARDIS purses to order for all your time-travelling bits and bobs. The seller claims that they are, indeed, bigger on the inside than they are on the outside.
( Not an official Doctor Who product , made by fan, to fan )...
Measures: 28 x 16 x16 cm
In blue poly leather and rigid cardboard. Also some details can be custom made.
Sent in a beautiful box DW themed.
TARDIS purse in poly leather
Steve D's friend Maggie 3D-printed TARDIS cookie-cutters and he used them to make scrumptious gingerbread cookies.
Gingerbread TARDIS Cookies
The person(s) behind Time Machine Yeah! turned their fridge into a TARDIS, which is as cool as it gets.
Filed under: TARDIS refrigerator I did this I actually did this doctor who
Etsy seller Geekcetera offers this Doctor Who hoodie: "Featuring the iconic tweed lapels and 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver, this awesome hoodie will keep you warm all winter!"
Doctor Who- Matt Smith style Hoodie- Easy Halloween Costume Idea
(via The Mary Sue)
T4obrien has uploaded files to create a laser-cut cardboard Tardis to Thingiverse:
This detailed and thoughtfully laid out laser-cuttable cardboard version of a TARDIS by t4obrien totally qualifies as awesome. I don’t own a laser cutter, but I just found the perfect excuse for buying one. And, if you don’t glue the pieces together, you could open it up so that it is larger on the inside…
In a remarkable feat of balloon twistery, Twisty Kristy made this full-sized balloon Tardis for eAtomic Comics at Chandler Fashion Square Mall.
Spotted at Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno: this killer tiki-themed Dalek. I didn't catch the artist's name -- anyone know it? Leave a comment and I'll update the post.
Update: From the comments, Michelle informs, "Made by Kevin Roche. It also won Best in Show at the Gallifrey One (Doctor Who convention) masquerade earlier this year."
Hugh sez, "This corset was made by my good friend, Nikki Cohen of MayFaire Moon Corsets
. It's designed to look like the TARDIS from Dr. Who. It may be the first corset that's larger on the inside than the outside..."
Mayfaire Moon "Police Box" Corset