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Title: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 12, 2011, 05:56 am
Hey! I'm new to this forum so I appologize if this is on the wrong board but here's my idea:
    I'm a huge doctor who fan and I would like to build a replica of the docotor's sonic screwdriver. But instead of making a prop that just blinks and makes noise, at first I thought that I should just add a bit of tvbgone magic to it. But then I thought what if I created a system of infrared emiters and receivers intagrated into locks and such. The problem is that I don't know where to begin. Of coarse I will begin by building the prop,  but from there I don't have the slightest clue as to where to go.

(Any suggestions are wellcome, and if I am on the wrong board feel free to tell me).

Thanks,
earthquake

Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: Imahilus on Jan 12, 2011, 04:23 pm
I'd recommend the TSOP line of IR receivers, a simple websearch should reveal many implementations and shops that carry them. Add some basic IR LED's, an atmega or other AVR (I'd recommend an arduino compatible one, ATTiny's might be quite suitable) and build a stand-alone-arduino (or RBBB (really bare bones board)).

That should give you a small size, IR communication capabilities and do what you asked.
However, since you're claiming to be a 'huge doctor who fan' who wants to build a sonic screwdriver, don't you think you should be ashamed? Sounds like you should be doing this with a speaker/microphone combination instead  ;D
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 12, 2011, 06:02 pm
Point Taken!!:D
I appriciate the Help!
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: Grumpy_Mike on Jan 12, 2011, 08:35 pm
My son had a toy sonic screwdriver and astonishes his friends by opening his car with it.
While waving it at the car he pushes the remote opener in his pocket with his other hand.
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 12, 2011, 11:13 pm
Sounds like something that I would've done. ;)
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: Valalvax on Jan 14, 2011, 11:40 pm
What'd he say at first?
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 16, 2011, 07:02 am
?He who?
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: electrocrook on Jan 16, 2011, 12:58 pm
I would suggest getting the toy prop and seeing how much room there is inside it. I wonder if there is enough room for a small tv be gone type circuit. It would already have the power and sound, just need to shoehorn in an ir led into the front, hoping that the end of it allows IR through- the visible LED should be able to stay too.
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: Valalvax on Jan 16, 2011, 08:10 pm
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He Who?


He you...

It was in response to this
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That should give you a small size, IR communication capabilities and do what you asked.
However, since you're claiming to be a 'huge doctor who fan' who wants to build a sonic screwdriver, don't you think you should be ashamed? Sounds like you should be doing this with a speaker/microphone combination instead  Grin


Seems that you made a mistake when typing sonic or something and then corrected it...


Actually, as I'm typing, I realize what he meant by speaker/microphone combination...
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 16, 2011, 09:06 pm
I have just ordered the toy sonic screw driver from think geek. I can't wait to get it and start Hacking!
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: doublet on Jan 16, 2011, 09:27 pm
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I wonder if there is enough room for a small tv be gone type circuit.

Check out this - it was on Hackaday some time ago:
(http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/utvbg.jpg?w=450&h=243)
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Called the µTVBG, it packs an entire TV-B-Gone in a 1.4 x 2.5 cm footprint and even has room for a programming header.
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: 166986 on Jan 18, 2011, 12:40 am
Which one did you get?  there are many versions of the Sonic Screwdriver available.
Title: Re: sonic screwdriver project
Post by: sam0394 on Jan 18, 2011, 03:21 am
I got the eleventh doctor's sonic for me, I also got the tenth doctor's sonic for my brother for his birthday.

Actually if I recall the tenth doctor's sonic is not just a toy but a pen that writes in invisible ink only revealed by the uv led at the opposite end.
Whereas the other is just a toy and would be able to hold the micro tvbgone quite nicely.