These Spectacularly Cool, Cheap iPhone Halloween Shirts Are Guaranteed to Freak Everyone The *&#@ Out

These Spectacularly Cool, Cheap iPhone Halloween Shirts Are Guaranteed to Freak Everyone The *&#@ Out

The rocket scientist (yup, he kinda really is) behind last year’s dual-iPad Halloween trick is back at it again. Only this time, having the best Halloween costume in the neighborhood won’t require two iPads — just an iPhone (or Android phone), a special t-shirt and some duct tape. And the results are really, really cool.

Mark Rober, an engineer who worked on the Mars Curiosity rover (see, told you), has created special t-shirts that work with a free app he designed to create wearable special effects, like a zombie with an animated beating heart or just-eaten flies that glow through a frog’s stomach as they flit around.

The shirts sell for $24 at Mark’s digitaldudz.zom website; all you’ll need to add is the free app, an iPhone and some duct tape — four strips should just about do it, according to Mark’s helpful how-to video.

There are some tees, like this sinister snake, that require two iPhones; and a few extra effects that can be bought for a buck, like the cross-eyed “derp” effect on the Romney and Obama tees. Some of the effects can even be switched on/off via the Apple earphones, or any earphone with a control button (though Mark says this won’t work on the Android version).

If you want to go hardcore, there’s also the iWound, a latex gash with a pocket for an iPhone or Android phone to display gore. It’s about $10 more, and it’ll take a little more creativity, but it may be worth it — check out those kids’ faces in the video.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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