5 High-Tech Costumes for Halloween




iPhone-inspired gore. What does a NASA spaceship engineer do in his spare time? If you’re Mark Rober you create costume business Digital Dudz, then partner up with British company Morphsuits and sell iPhone enabled t-shirts, masks and bodysuits.

Buy a Digital Dudes costume from between $25 and $50 and download a free animated-scene app—think moving eyeballs and beating hearts—from Android or iPhone. Put your phone inside the costume, and you’re ready to scare the living daylights out of your friends.

Rather make your own homegrown version? Check out Rober’s inspired but ridiculously simple “hole in the chest” idea using two iPads and FaceTime chat. With some high-tech wizardry the iPad webcam on your back films whatever’s located behind you, while the front iPad displays that video to onlookers (and vice versa).

3D printed gas mask. This mask featured on Adafruit—a NYC-based hub for DIY electronics and brainchild of MIT engineering graduate Limor “Ladyada” Fried—is just what you want after nuclear fallout. For this one you’ll need NeoPixel LEDs, PLA filament, costume goggles, and lots of wire. The mask is made up of 14 different pieces and requires a build volume of 7.1″ x 6″ x 6″. It took a MakerBot Replicator 2 about 14 hours to print the original.

Low poly LED mask. Not your mother’s Jason mask. This 3D printed mask has a multidimensional surface that allows light to shine through. You’ll need 25 5mm RGB LED lights for the glow and you can cut slits on the sides to add a strap.

If you live locally in the Boston area and want to try 3D printing your own Halloween costume accessory, head down to the MakerBot store on Newbury Street for October’s “Made By Me” 3D workshops.

Design and print your own Halloween-themed headbands with a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Or, kids ages 7 to 14 can try 3D printing their own Halloween mask. Classes are run by a MakerBot retail operator and are interactive.

Arduino-powered UFO. Not technically a costume, but still pretty cool. This DIY UFO from maker Andrew Wyatt is crafted from tape, tinfoil, diffused jellyfish-like Adafruit NeoPixels, and an Arduino Micro.

The UFO has 20 digital input/output pins, a 16 MHzcrystal oscillator, a micro USB connection, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Place in your front yard with a scream track and a couple of alien friends holding fishing nets (for capturing trick-or-treaters) for the full impact.

3D printed Iron Man arc reactor. No Iron Man outfit is complete without an energy-emitting gamma-ray projecting tank of poisonous gunk strapped to your chest. Enter the 3D printed arc reactor. To make this gadget you’ll need clear and black or metal colored PLA plastic, various nuts and screws, LEDs, resistors, and a power supply. Simply cut a hole in a t-shirt, fit the reactor, and plug yourself in.