Chances are, you know a Doctor Who fan. Greg Kumparak, formerly of Tech Crunch is also a (pretty big) Doctor Who fan, and decided to get a little crafty and build his own TARDIS. As explained in the video above, a TARDIS is a vehicle to drive you through space and time, that just happens to look like a 1960s era British police call box. Greg's looks pretty authentic after a nice paint job.

But here's the thing about a TARDIS. They are bigger on the inside. While that is easy enough to accomplish with the magic of television, it took a different kind of magic to make it happen in the real world. That's where Android comes in. Using augmented reality, Greg can open the TARDIS door and point his Nexus camera at a freaky black and white pattern. Thanks to the Qualcomm augmented reality framework, Greg built an app to interpret that pattern, and display the interior of his TARDIS as it should be on his screen. Very cool.

This just might be the best use of augmented reality ever. Be sure to watch the video, and hit the source link to read a little about how it was constructed.

Source: GK's blog

 

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Android and augmented reality make this model TARDIS bigger on the inside

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Amazing from a technological standpoint ... but is it just me or did it not really look any bigger on the inside?

Give this man a medal right now. He not only hand built a TARDIS but then hand coded an AG app. I wish I could do that.

Bottom line is if I were him I'd be selling these things. Bigger bottom line, he should hire me to sell them for him.

That is SOOOOOOOOOO cool! You should contact the BBC and see if their marketing team would like to pick it up! As a fan myself, I'm sure that people would love to have a model that they could 'interact' with which is bigger on the inside.

Tristan stopps.
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Awesome! So, does the app interpret the black and white pattern like a QR code, then replace it (like a chromakey/bluescreen) with the rendered reality?? Are you sure you are not from Galifrey?

The windows are all wrong ! ;)

That is something I would quite happily buy right now. I have money.... Have it. Ideally, if the QR code could be sized to fit the Flight Control Tardis, we could print it out and put it in to that.