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What features should a "real" sonic screwdriver have?

I was recently rewatching "Silence in the Library," thinking about sonic screwdrivers, and thinking how, in this age of modern "smart" technology, you'd think there would be something pretty close to a "real" sonic screwdriver out there.

The closest things appear to be the universal remotes made by The Wand Company, designed to look like the sonic screwdrivers from Doctor Who, and programmable to work any equipment that uses IR remotes with a series a gestures. Not bad, pretty cool, but it seems to me that somebody should be able to do better. So, what features might be incorporated into a "real" sonic screwdriver?

My own thoughts:

1. Should look vaguely like a "sonic screwdriver" (i.e. wand-shaped), but need not look exactly like a prop from the show.

2. When used, should have the option make a "sonic screwdriver" sound.

3. The end should light up when used, preferably with a variety of colors, depending on what "mode" you're in.

4. Should contain a small usable screwdriver feature, so's you can say it literally is a sonic screwdriver.

5. Should have both IR and RF control options, with the ability to work a wide variety of devices, such as garage door openers, smart home devices, and perhaps even a keyless entry/remote start kit you could install in your vehicle.

6. For devices that don't have a security concern, it should be able to do an automatic scan for the proper code to operate certain basic features of the device (off/on, open/close, etc.)

7. Needs a small touch screen display for displaying and selecting various features. Preferably this screen could be hidden away when not in use. Perhaps the screen is revealed when part of the screwdriver extends?

8. Gesture-based commands would be cool, but the sonic screwdriver also needs to have real buttons and dials on it, for simplicity of use.

9. Capable of pairing with your smartphone, working with various apps. Is possibly even a smartphone all by itself. Similar to "smart watch."

10. Wifi scanning and analysis.

11. Flashlight.

12. Stun gun.

13. Works on a rechargeable battery that is easily removable/replaceable, but can be charged without removing it from the unit. Better still would be a commonly used battery size, such as AA or AAA.

14. Built in Alexa, Siri, OK Google, or similar.

16. GPS navigation, with a feature that lets you mark a spot you're at, and then "home in" back to that spot after you've left (e.g. parking spot).

17. Electric lighter.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Anybody have more ideas?
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