Anyone who follows my columns knows that I am a mega-fan of Doctor Who (I still remember watching the very first episode while taking full advantage of the safety provided by standing behind the sofa when I was 6 years old in 1963).
In fact I've previously posted a number of columns about this, including:
Now, if you too are a follower of Doctor Who, you will be aware that his space/time machine called the TARDIS is disguised as a 1960s UK Police Box. Also, that when you enter the TARDIS, you discover that it's much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside.
Well, my chum Bob Zeidman the founder of Zeidman Consulting and the guy with whom I saw the Agatha Christie play mentioned in the first blog above just alerted me to the fact that a guy called Greg Kumparak has created a model of the TARDIS that also appears to be bigger on the inside.
As you will see in the video below, Greg first constructed a model of the TARDIS, and then he created an application that runs on a smart phone or tablet computer. When you look at the model via this augmented reality app, it really appears as though the model is bigger on the inside.
I have to say that I am very, VERY impressed by this. I LOVE this sort of thing. Now I want to start playing with this augmented reality software myself.
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I haven't seen any of the latest series yet -- I'm saving myself -- when the entire series is done I'll download it to my iPad and have a "Dr Who Weekend Fest" -- in the meantime I am re-watching all of the episodes (starting from Series 1 circa 2005)
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