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Tech Talk: Have a High Tech Halloween
Updated: Tuesday, October 8 2013, 12:54 AM MDT
By Lonnie Valencia
Halloween is just around the corner, and it's this Tech Guy's third favorite holiday. It moved up passing Fourth of July, and it's just shy of Christmas. Just incase you were wondering, Thanksgiving is first on my list of holidays. Mmm.... Turkey! That's not here or there. Halloween is one of those holidays that brings joy to different people in different ways. Kids can pretend to be anything they want, good or bad. Teenagers start going to scary movies, and find out what they can handle and what gives them nightmares. Twenty-something girls get a second chance to wear skimpy outfits since bikini season. Twenty-something boys can... Do whatever they want as there seems to be a huge double standard for girls and guys in this category. Sorry girls! What does any of this have to do with technology? I'm glad you asked! In this tech talk, we explore the new elite in costume making and how tech is starting to play a huge role.
Picture this! It's days before your friends annual Halloween party, and you forgot to get a costume. It's no big deal anymore when you have a 3D printer. You can print out your costume in minutes, OK several hours, but within a day your computer spits out a wearable costume. That was unheard of two or three years ago. Technological advancements like the 3D printer are making a “Do-It-Yourself” costume a highly desirable way to go. Grab a brown robe and print out a custom lightsaber, instant Jedi.
Want something more complicated, be your own Tony Stark and print out your own Ironman suit. Think about it! No more showing up to a party and seeing someone with the same costume as you. Even better... someone shows up with a store bought version of what you made, that’s when your craftsmanship will make them wish they were as nerdy as you. Nerdy is the new cool! Truer words have never been spoken.
Halloween has been taken over by the nerdiest of us all. Think about it! This is the time of year that the most creative and innovative costumes are what people are going to remember. No one goes, “Hey did you see that girl that bought that cool stock cat suit!” It’s more like, “OMG! That dude real did look like a transformer and he really transformed and drove himself away!” What you don’t realize at the time, because your stunned by amazement, is that he had to make that suit and practice in a basement somewhere perfecting his craft. He glued card stock together and used a sowing machine to attach it to a leotard. If that’s not nerdy, I don’t know what is! Don’t get me wrong I’m not using the word “nerd” in a bad way. If I’m saying any thing at all, is that Halloween is no longer about scary stuff, it’s about letting your inter-nerd out and wearing it on your sleeve, so to speak. Unless, your a twenty something girl that can pull off a that skimpy outfit then no matter how innovative you think you are, she’ll be the life of the party. There’s that double standard again.
Things like Arduino micro controllers, led lights, servos, and bluetooth adapters are now part of the toolbox of costume making. So the next time you see a kick butt Master Chief walking down the street with his/her kids getting candy, not only did they save humanity from aliens, but they have a great internal nerd even you should be proud of.
That does it for this episode of Tech Talk Tuesday. As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.