A Gadget-Lover's Guide to Halloween
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The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner, and while everyone else is scrambling for the "punniest" last-minute costume, you can indulge your digital side and wow all your friends with these hi-tech halloween gadgets.
Use Your Smartphone
Whether you dress up as a goblin, or a submarine head, take your halloween costume to the next level by incorporating flashy digital effects, courtesy of your beloved smart phone. Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and costume designer, created a brilliant line of Halloween costumes that perfectly combine classic terrifying costumes with modern smartphone technology. A free app on your phone will bring his costumes to life (or undeath, I guess, in the zombie’s case?).
More info: morphsuits.com | Google Play | iTunes App Store
DIY Spirit Radio
If something was creepy enough to spook out Nikola Tesla, it had to be scarier than today's imminent threats of the zombie apocalypse. That was the case with the Spirit Radio. This updated version is basically a crystal radio circuit connected to a computer sound-in jack that generates bizarre sounds from various electromagnetic sources.
In 1901, Tesla wrote about the device saying: "My first observations positively terrified me as there was present in them something mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at night." Check out the following link to build one — if you dare.
More info: Materials $30 | Instructables
We pulled together a list of eight spooky songs to perfect any Halloween party playlist. Bonus: Add these songs to your station's local site using the Bentomatic version of this page.
More info: Halloween Playlist
Trick or Tracker
This Android app lets you track your kid via GPS during Halloween night (or whenever, really), assuming both of you have smartphones. Kids using the app have access to buttons like "Where Am I?", "Send Location," and "Where's My Parent?" while parents have a corresponding "Where's My Child?" button. Sounds like a neat solution for kids who are old enough to go trick-or-treating on their own.
More info: $4.99, free on October 31 only | Android