I recently got very excited about the news that a company is working on a Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver remote control – a device that translates your over excited wavy gallifreyan gestures into channel changing activity on your tardis scanner or home television.
This got me thinking about possible ways to control a computer using a sonic, and how I might go about building an infra-red detector for my Raspberry Pi.
But it seems I don’t need to do this: there’s a cheaper and more versatile device already available – a Sonic Screwdriver Wii-Remote (for about 7 quid) from amazon
To get this working on a Mac you just need to download a program called Darwiinremote
Switch on Bluetooth, click on discover device, and hey presto! you have a sonic controlled mac. You can map the device to any key or use it as a mouse. Powerpoint presentations will never be the same again. The only thing it’s missing is the sonic sound effect – although I have a broken sonic screwdriver which I’m going to have a look at to see if it can be a suitable donor. Next step is to try and get this working on a Raspberry Pi which could work nicely as an IR emitter for sonic controlled home / tardis automation.
I have to remind myself that I’m 33 sometimes.