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Creative ‘Gaping Hole’ Costume Using the iPad’s Front Facing Camera

Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 21:06 by Paul Jay in category: News -- Write a comment


NASA mechanical engineer Mark Rober made an uber-creative halloween costume that features a gaping see-through hole in his torso. What he did was strap two iPads to his body — one in front and one in back — with a FaceTime video chat running between them. Each iPad’s camera footage is displayed on the other iPad’s screen, providing a view right through Rober’s body.

  1. Not to be a major killjoy or anything, but the illusion isn’t very good. The screens’ brightness doesn’t match up to the surrounding, and the hole is one dimensional — it would work if he were a paper cutout instead of a three-dimensional person.
    Perhaps it could be improved by placing small tubes around the lenses to give the appearance of depth to the images, and turning the brightness down to be closer to ambient conditions.
    Sorry. I hate to piss in people’s cornflakes (especially creative people trying something new or innovative), but I just can’t help myself sometimes.

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