Picture of Sonic Screwdriver TV-B-Gone Conversion
So last month, I found out my friend's birthday was coming up, and I decided I had to get them something amazing.  She's a really big Doctor Who fan, and I had just finished watching all of the episodes currently on Netflix.  I was browsing around online looking for Doctor Who related presents, and I saw a few homemade sonic screwdrivers with cool features built in.  I don't have the skills to fabricate an accurate looking sonic screwdriver myself, but I do have some pretty nice soldering skills.  I knew what I needed to do.  I was going to make a Sonic Screwdriver, that could turn off TV's.  


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What did you make?
I made a sonic screwdriver TV-B-Gone combo as a birthday present for a friend.  It started out as a crazy idea that I had one day, but transformed into the awesome finished product you see above.  In preparation for this, I learned all about how the TV-B-Gone circuit worked so I could modify it to use the least amount of parts possible.  In order to build it, I ordered parts off of Digikey, Amazon and Sparkfun, then I assembled everything according to my plans.  I used my Raspberry Pi, a breadboard, my trusty soldering iron, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, an exacto knife, solder, and desoldering wick.

How did you make it?
The idea came to me one day while I was browsing around online, I was looking for potential ideas for a birthday present, and I came across several homemade Sonic Screwdrivers online, and thought, "Hey!  I can do something like that!"  and it worked out perfectly because my friend is a huge Doctor Who fan.  I ended up using my dad's help to split it open and his clamps and plastic cement to seal it back up.  My initial design called for a capacitor to help smooth out the current, but in the end it ended up not fitting, so I had to leave it out.  I could probably have left out the resonator too, but I had already bought it, so there was no point in wasting it if it fit.  

Where did you make it?
I made this at home, upstairs in the room with all of my dad's model trains.  He has a small work area up there that I'm allowed to solder at, and it's got this really comfortable chair to sit in, which definitely helps with my ADHD.  I had to balance this with homework because the last day of the term was today, and I had to make sure I had all my grades in order.

What did you learn?
Honestly, this turned out amazing!  I only had two gripes, and those were the range and the fact that I had to leave out the capacitor.  It functions just fine, but you can see the UV LED flicker ever so slightly when in use.  I feel the most proud about programming the microcontroller, it was a first., that combined with this being my first complex circuit made me really happy.  All in all, it was a project full of firsts for me, and considering I designed the whole thing myself, and it actually works, made me a really happy person the last week or two.  It doesn't hurt that my friend loves it either!
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REpartidor made it!1 year ago

I just finished my own.

I used an arduino as my ISP, which worked out very well!

My sonic didn't fit together perfectly, but all in all I would say it was a success.

Here are some images!

furrysalamander (author)  REpartidor1 year ago

Nice job!

jrejaud made it!1 year ago

I also made one!

It took quite a while to solder all the individual tiny components but it actually works!

It takes up to what seems like a minute to turn on/off my telly.

I had been trying to make this for over a year using Matt Smith's screwdriver but couldn't get things to fit in correctly.

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casperdj7776 months ago

email me at casperdj777@yahoo.com & let me know how much to buy one or two

GuthrieM16 months ago

Sorry for being such a noob but I was wondering if you could explain a little more about how the circuit works. I am kind of new to this and don't really know how to read schematics. One more thing. I have a preprogrammed chip from adfruit. Will this work instead of programming a new chip? Also, is it powered by the 3 1154 batteries or some other power source? Thanks for the help!

fr33kdis7 months ago

I want one

fr33kdis fr33kdis7 months ago

please contact me & let me know if you would sell me one

inventor scout11 months ago
What about people who can't use PI? Also, would there be a way to turn the tv on?
furrysalamander (author)  inventor scout11 months ago
You can use any programmer. Also, the remote works both ways.
Crafterkid12311 months ago

Could i cram one of those mini tv remotes with all of those codes on them into this or would it be too big? Halloween's coming up so I want to mess with the neighbors when I trick-or-treat at their house :3

arich11 year ago
I actually thought of doing this before! Currently I'm working on a way to put a ton of stuff in my sonic... Well I found a way to cheat sort of. I just need more things to put inside it to make it more like the Doctors screwdriver. Currently on my list is:
A TV be gone
The remote starter / door opener for my car (when I get one),
The key card for my work,
TV remote,
Any more ideas?
It doesn't matter how big the item is, as I said before:
I've found a way to "cheat."

if you have a tv remote you don't need a tvbg. defeats the purpose.

What is this "cheat" you speak of?

buddarinc1 year ago
Is it possible to do this with every doctors sonic screwdriver?

not with that stick the 2nd doctor used.

itimmer2 years ago
I just finished mine, but I used river songs futuristic screwdriver. LOADS more space, I mean like two or three times more space. Just don't forget to take out the green dot underneath the psychic link display panel (below it as in if the emitter was pointing up) its hiding a screw.
furrysalamander (author)  itimmer1 year ago
care to post a picture?
This is AWESOME!
Yes, for sure would $15 be good? I can also pay shipping of course.
Hey, would you consider making another tv begone circuit for me? I would pay you $10, my brothers birthday is coming up and he would loose his mind If he had one of these!!
furrysalamander (author)  Roboticediting2 years ago
I might consider it. $10 is a bit low, can you go any higher? It was really hard to build and $10 barely covers the cost parts.
itimmer2 years ago
how much was the cost of the electronics, minus the sonic screwdriver, and the raspberry pi?
furrysalamander (author)  itimmer2 years ago
Minus shipping, around 3 dollars.
sou brasileiro (I`m a Brazilian Man) e achei show de bola, parabéns.
chewie6162 years ago
that is so cool you need to make more like that thing

Ryanj20002 years ago
My dad has a tv-b-gone. And i love docter who. You just put two of my favorite things into one
vincent75202 years ago
As far as I understand this screwdriver is sonic … but does not drive screws in.

Oh well !…I though that sound waves or something would help me when I had screws to screw !
furrysalamander (author)  vincent75202 years ago
No, it's from doctor who. It does all kinds of stuff besides driving screws. In one of the episodes, he used it to turn off TV's. I believe the episode was called idiot's lantern.
My bad.
I should watch TV more often ;D

However I'm glad I gave you an idea about this sonic gadget that will help me drive my screw. Are you working on it already ?… We're all expecting it !!! LOL
furrysalamander (author)  vincent75202 years ago
Well, in one or two of the episodes, he DOES use it to drive screws.
I kew it ! I knew it !!!…

And this takes the prssure off your shoulders tooo !

Thanks for sharing anyway ;)))))
jcksparr0w2 years ago
hilukasz2 years ago
I preeeeetty much love you for making this.
furrysalamander (author)  hilukasz2 years ago
sunshiine2 years ago
I am so proud of you! What a nice instructable! The drawings are so nice. I voted and faved! I hope you win! I am looking forward to seeing a lot more where this came from!
Have a splendorous day!
furrysalamander (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Well, please come back later, because I'm just waiting for it to get entered into the youth contest.
Hey furry, have you seen my minecraft tardis and stuff you would like it. check it.
furrysalamander (author)  looop452 years ago
Nice. I'll have to do some minecraft stuff sometime. I'm really good. You'd be amazed by some of my projects. I built a working digital clock in minecraft.
Your on! I will check back on Monday! Good luck!
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