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Sonic Screwdriver

Discussion in 'Application Requests' started by wrstone, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. wrstone

    wrstone Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 22, 2010
    Systems Administrator
    Being a big fan of Doctor Who, I've always wanted a Sonic Screwdriver.

    And yes, I own a Sonic and Laser Screwdriver toys, but you tend to get funny looks if you actually carry them around and go whipping them out. Furthermore, they tend to pointlessly take up space in my pockets.

    After having seen the Schwartz Unsheathed and iWeapons apps, it occurs to me that a Sonic Screwdriver app would be fairly simple.

    It should include at least these features:

    1. A configuration section to choose the model of Sonic Screwdriver (there have been seven models to date, with an eighth to make its debut in a month or so).
    2. A picture of the chosen model in the middle of the screen.
    3. Long-pressing and holding the picture plays the Sonic Screwdriver sound effect.
    4. If the model is extendable, wiping up or down will extend or retract it.

    Alternately, it might also include these features:

    1. The Master's Laser Screwdriver (and sound effects).
    2. Gary Seven's Servo from the Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth".
    3. REM's multitool from the TV series Logan's Run.
    4. Varian's Universal Tool from the TV series The Fantastic Journey.
    5. Scotty's Magnetic Wrench from the Star Trek episode "That Which Survives".
    6. Psychic paper (also from Doctor Who).
    7. Any other interesting SF tool that seems appropriate. Perhaps a Commlock from Space: 1999 or Communicator from Forbidden Planet ... ?
    8. The ability to save any of the sound effects as ringtones.
    9. The ability of the user to add devices by dropping appropriate images and sound effects into a directory on the SD card.

    Pictures of the aforementioned props can be found at the bottom of this page at the Project Rho web site.

    I'm not a developer or I'd write it myself for fun. I would assume that this would be a free app -- though I admit that if it had all those features, I might shell out a buck for it. It may infringe on the BBC's copyright to sell it, however. I assume that making it free is how all the light sabre apps get away with it in the Market.

    If anyone's interested and want some design assistance, feel free to contact me. I can't write the app, but I can supply appropriate pics and sound effects -- I've been collecting them for years. I don't have sound effects yet for the Multitool and Universal tool, but I can capture them in short order. :D

    Bill Stone



  2. jongre123

    jongre123 Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    I would also back for this app to be created, I wouldn't mind paying a small fee either.
  3. gbwis54301

    gbwis54301 Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    I wouldn't be completely satisfied unless the Sonic Screwdriver actually worked :D

    Any developer working on psychic paper? Just flash my Moto Droid and get into any place I want.
  4. mnthorpe

    mnthorpe New Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    You my friend are in luck then, iv just finished working on an app that's pretty much your spec exactly with lashings of Dr. who geek about it.
    you can check it out here:

    (V2 now available)

    or on the official market, now its only the first release so its still a little thin on skins but I'm planning to keep development on it going for as long as possible (or at least till the X-Mas special :p).

    oh yes I have you covered as well, it uses raw (at the moment) sensor data so depending on the frequency it can detect different conditions!

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