It may not be even remotely close to what The Doctor uses on Doctor Who, but a team at the University of Bristol in England has created a sonic screwdriver that utilizes the powers of acoustic levitation to move objects.
Last May, researchers from the University of Dundee in Scotland proved that creating a tractor beam with sound was possible. This 10-minute video, recently posted by YouTube user whentheappledrops tries to simplify the science behind this discovery and suss out a definitive answer to the question: is this really…
Ahead of this weekend's 50th anniversary of Doctor Who's first appearance on the small screen, the guys at Headsqueeze have taken a look at his famous Sonic Screwdriver—and asked if it could ever be, you know, scientifically possible.
Part Tricorder and part lock-pick, Dr. Who's famous all-in-one device could handle any crisis—save deadlock seals. Now, researchers from Dundee University have replicated at least some of the screwdriver's functionality with a machine capable of lifting and turning suspended objects.
Imagine you could make any of these weapons real. Which one would you choose? Gandalf the White's staff, Vader's lightsaber, Arthur's Excalibur, Doctor Who's Sonic Screwdriver or Harry Potter's wand? Discuss in the comments. Or just get the t-shirt at [Redbubble]
While we probably won't travel through time anytime soon, we might just be able to have sonic screwdrivers just like Doctor Who sometime in the near future thanks to some very determined researchers and the magic of ultrasonic sound waves.
Fans of the revivified British TV series Doctor Who are, apparently, reeling, after the shock discovery that the Tardis, the Time Lords' equivalent to a Toyota Prius, comes in a flatpack. "I expected the Tardis to beam down from some far-off galaxy," said one shocked onlooker, "but it looked more like some flatpack…
Doctor Who fans for whom the Tardis USB hub was not enough can satiate their lust for all things Timelord with this sonic screwdriver. It's actually a screwdriver-free zone, with a pen at one end and a UV light at the other.