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What the Tech? Halloween High Tech

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Did you hear the one about the rocket scientist who loved Halloween?

He invented what may be the first digital Halloween mask. No joke.

Mark Rober is a former NASA engineer who helped with the Mars Rover project. He also invented a line of costumes and masks that use a smartphone.

Rober's company, Morph Digital Dudz creates masks, t-shirts and sweaters with moving parts using smartphone screens.

Each item has a pocket or envelope-type compartment which holds an Android or iPhone. By downloading the digital-dudz app, users can play a video that becomes part of the costume.

The creepy clown graphic t's pocket, for example is worn with video from the app playing a moving eyeball. When it is installed, people see the clown's face with the animated eyeball. I wish I could show you here, but it loses something in the description. Take it from me, the realism is quite good.

There are t-shirts with cyborg's, zombie's, creepy dolls and a haunted mansion portrait. For the cute Halloween (rather than creepy) there's a kittycat on top of a pumpkin. The masks are even better. The Cyborg Mask has a glowing red digital sensor that plays in the app as it is tucked into a pocket inside the mask. Personally, I have the Cyclops mask with one big rotating eyeball in the center along with a horn on top of its head.

The masks are a huge attention grabber. I've noticed people aren't quite certain they are seeing what they think they're seeing. The t-shirts and masks are well-made and fairly affordable. T-shirts sell for $25 while many of the masks are $45. The mobile apps work on both iOS and Android devices.

MorphDudz also carries a full line of traditional halloween costumes, digital (but ugly) Christmas sweaters and full-body costumes.


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