Reporting Ian Bush
By KYW tech editor Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This year’s most-Googled Halloween costumes include Miley Cyrus’s get-up from that infamous MTV performance and a meth-cooking Walter White from ‘Breaking Bad.’
So how can you stand out from the pack? With wearable technology, you can make a terrifying fashion statement.
“Where the zombie’s heart would be, there’s a hole in the shirt. You put your phone back there, and it plays the beating heart. Or, you could double-tap on that beating heart, and then it’s showing maggots,” says Mark Rober.
Rober was part of the NASA team that put the Curiosity rover on Mars. But after more than a million YouTube hits for a costume he rigged out of a couple iPads, “I did a FaceTime chat,” he said. “The camera records what’s on the front and displays it on the back, and ultimately it looks like you have a hole in your body.”
He left to start DigitalDudz, where he’s CEO. His company partnered with MorphSuits to create costumes that have a window pocket in which you place an iPhone or Android device. A free app displays gurgling intestines, a beating heart, or a bloodshot eyeball:
“It’s just this static eye, but once you double tap on it, all of a sudden he starts looking all along the room. It really grabs people’s attention,” Rober said.
Rober says the costumes are available at Party City and Halloween Supercenter stores, or online.