Augmented reality Tardis really is bigger on the inside

The time-traveling blue police box known as the Tardis is such a fixture of Doctor Who fandom that building one's own Tardis replica has become increasingly common in recent years. But the interior of the fictional machine, which is bigger than its exterior, has been impossible to duplicate, until now.

Amateur tinkerer Greg Kumparak wanted to build a Tardis that actually offered a slice of the fantasy envisioned in the television program, and decided to use augmented reality to accomplish that goal. Long time Doctor Who fans know that, from the outside, the Tardis looks like it might only be able to fit about 4-5 people huddled closely together. But according to the show's lore, the inside of the structure actually contains a number of very large rooms.

Kumparak used 3D modeling tool Blender to render the inside of the Tardis' control room, and Qualcomm's augmented reality software known as Vuforia to virtually put the control room inside the Tardis. The effect is pretty exciting for any fans who have dreamed of seeing the strange dimensional mechanics of the Tardis in the 'real' world.

Unfortunately, despite a number of commenters who are ready to buy the AR model, Kumparak hasn't announced plans to offer it for commercial sale. Nevertheless, you can see the augmented reality Tardis in action in the video below.

Via Greg Kumparak

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