Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Working iPhone Halloween costumes!

Halloween meets technology as Reko Rivera and John Savio create the World's first 'working' iPhone costumes!

I have been reading 'Grown Up Digital' by Don Tapscott and he writes that 'NetGeners love to customise new product offerings, even if it means hacking', 'today's youth treat the world as a place for creation, not consumption' and '54% of NetGeners indicate they often modify "things I own so they fit who I am."'

The Halloween iPhone costume really illustrates these points:

Specifications are 42" Display, 1.5 Hours of Battery Life, 85 lb and the "real" iPhone can charge connected to the USB on the display. The two costumes have 3 batteries each with a total runtime of 4.5 hours before needing to be charged overnight.

The Savioshow YouTube channel gives more insight into how the iPhone Halloween costumes came about: "This all started two years ago Reko Rivera and Bobby Hartman created a wearable large iPhone costume with a real 37" lcd tv. An iPod was attached with a looping video of a real iphones screen in normal use. This time with the help of John Savio and John Matthews the team created yet another amazing rendition of the new iPhone 3GS. Savio loved the original idea but wanted to take it to the next level and make it thinner and actually work with user input! With some heavy researching and some solid determination Savio finally found a solution. He managed to modify the software on the iPhone to allow a live dual image output to the large 42" lcd tv while maintaining the image in landscape mode. Reko originally came up with the idea and really pushed to see his vision come to life two years ago. This year John and Reko plan to compete in most of the local and online contest to win back all the money they invested in the costumes. The team has about $2000 into the two costumes and has no regrets!"

Very cool and a great illustration of the customisation / re-engineering capabilities of the so called 'Net Generation!'

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