Short Summary: My name is Cameron. I am a 17 year old, homeschooled guy that paints, plays with lightning, makes electronic mechanical contraptions, writes computer programs, and builds/fixes computers.
TARDIS Tesla is a lightning performance/game involving two large tesla coils, a replica TARDIS, and sonic screwdriver TV remotes. The way it works is there are two players each with a sonic screwdriver that they use to play a game of Bulls and Cows These sonic screwdrivers have accelerometers in them that detects movement like up, down, left, right, ect. The players move their screwdriver to input a sequence of commands assigned to each movement. Each screwdriver has a corresponding coil it controls via a computer program and arduinos. The Two Players (or companions) demonstrate their ability to use a sonic screwdriver to gain access to the TARDIS. Whenever they enter in part of the combo, their corresponding coil fires a bolt of lightning at the TARDIS. If it's correct, the bolt sounds like a sonic screwdriver and if it's incorrect sounds like an error beep. Who ever wins gets to pick a song to play on the coils.
Here is a prototype video. Please note when finished I will be using two 8ft Tall 10kw DRSSTC coils and not a little table top coil.
I also talk about TARDIS Tesla and some of my other work in the following
Why do you want to make this and why should we donate? When I was younger I went to Bay Area Maker Faire San Mateo and got inspired to pursue learning electronics, technology, and many other skills. This is why I want to make TARDIS Tesla to inspire kids and adults alike to learn more about the world around them. Also as of right now people use Tesla Coils to make music and do performances where they basically shock a bunch of different things. I am trying to broaden the spectrum of possibility for uses for Tesla Coils. So help me inspire the world through TARDIS Tesla and get some awesome rewards in the process!
What I Need: This project is going to cost around $4,000.
$2,400 for the Coils $500 for the TARDIS and sonic screwdrivers $500 for the electronics of Bulls and Cows $600 for other necessary items If I don't reach my entire goal, I will be exhibiting my prototype and progress at Bay Area Maker Faire, and plan on having it completed for the East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2013. Note: Any extra money will help a lot and goto, improvements and spare parts.
Project Views: Over 1,010 people have visited this page, if each person donated $10 we would have over $10,000.
The difference your contribution will make:Your contributions will help me realize my goal of exhibiting a functioning TARDIS Tesla at the Bay Area Maker Faire in May of 2013! I have the knowledge, experience, mentors, and passion to complete this project in time, but I need help funding the hardware! I have worked on several other successful projects, including: ~250kv Spark Gap Tesla Coil (SGTC) ~250kv (1ft bolts) Audio Modulated Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC) Tesladuino an arduino that can withstand high voltage CD Drive Dominos Super Nintenduino Audio Modulated Flyback driver Portable Telephone System (PTS)
Rewards: Rewards will be sent out once we have the corresponding graphics for them.
Exhibitions: Diablo Valley Mac Users Group 2011 Exploratorium Open Make 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Maker Fare 2012 (received editors Choice Award) 2012 Celiac Camp at Camp Arroyo Oakland East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 Ace Monster Toys, Oakland Tri Valley Explorers Halloween Celebration February 16 2013-Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley February 17 2013-Ace Monster Toys, Oakland
Up coming Exhibitions: May 18 & 19 San Mateo Maker Faire 2013
A note from Hacker Scouts: We are proud to be helping Cam reach his Maker Faire goal. As a member of our Hacker Scouts Guild 001 in Oakland, we have the privilege of seeing him work on a variety of projects with precision, ingenuity and passion. He also mentors the younger members of the Guild with compassion and a cool ability to share knowledge. Between the Hacker Scouts mentors and his mentors at Arc Attack, he has the support to achieve his dream. We believe in him and his TARDIS Tesla, and ask you to contribute to his campaign. Thank you, Samantha Cook Executive Director, Hacker Scouts
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