Published on December 30th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley
Is a Smaller-on-the-Outside TARDIS Coming?
What chance does mankind have of developing dimensionally transcendent technology? We reckon it’s unlikely that a bigger-on-the-inside/small-on-the-outside box is possible, but thanks to a mobile phone developer we can at least look forward to an app that might make it happen – virtually.
Using augmented reality technology (often found on smartphones to annotate local areas when viewed through a camera lens) former Techcrunch (a website dealing with tech startups) mobile news editor Greg Kumparak hopes that after the project was featured on the BBC website the right people might see the app and help it to become available via various app stores.
After crafting a wooden exterior, Kumparak then built a 3D computer model and used the Unity graphics engine and Qualcomm’s AR platform Vuforia to bring the illusion – of the Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS interior – to life.
There’s a running gag in Doctor Who, wherein new characters are always dumbstruck by the Tardis being bigger on the inside than it appeared on the outside
Once I realised I had a rough idea of how to pull that off, I couldn’t not do it.
Speaking to the BBC, Kumparak observed that Doctor Who fans have been very positive with their feedback.
The feedback has been resoundingly positive so far. Almost shockingly so, really. Doctor Who fans might be some of the nicest people on the internet.
As a lover of all things tech, I absolutely love this – the potential here for a store bought toy or even a standalone app that can be teamed up with a piece of printed paper attached to an existing TARDIS toy. You can find out more at Greg Kumparak’s blog.