Courtesy of Buycostumes.com
With Halloween just around the corner, Techeye has been giving a lot of thought to this year’s costume. We initially wanted to go as a centaur with no head (i.e. a headless horse-man), but decided it was too similar to our costume from 2011, “the Assman” (a mutant man-donkey).
So instead Techeye is planning to go as a mixed metaphor. Either as Scooby-Doo the magician (“an old dog with new tricks up his sleeve”) or as a big baby nibbling on a finger (“biting the hand that rocks the cradle”). It’s unlikely anyone will get the joke, but that’s fine. Sometimes it’s enough to amuse yourself.
Anyway, if we decide go with the latter costume we’ll need a hand to gnaw. Our beloved wife has already said she’s not going to walk with her hand in our mouth all evening, so we’ve had a look online for alternatives.
One possibility is the Light Up Body Parts, a collection of four plastic body parts that do precisely what the name suggests. On the one hand (ha ha), you only need two “AA” batteries (not included) to light up all four body parts. On the other, they’re all connected by a single cord, which is kind of inconvenient if you only want to munch on one appendage.
In any case, the Light Up Body Parts are only $19.10 on Amazon, which is frankly less than Techeye would expect an arm and a leg to cost. FYI, there’s plenty of other Halloween stuff on Amazon too, like the “Headless Zombie Prop” ($45.99) and the “Zombie Gnome Creepy Garden Halloween Porch Lawn Yard Decoration Figure” ($17.96).
Another item we came across online almost made us reconsider our original costume idea: the 12-foot Inflatable Headless Horseman from kitsch-purveyor Hammacher Schlemmer (www.Hammacher.com).
There’s not really a whole lot to say about the product. It’s inflatable. It’s tall. It glows. Also, the horse’s head “turns eerily side-to-side and it produces a bone-chilling whinny, portending malevolence in your Sleepy Hollow.”
Courtesy of Hammacher Schelmmer
We’d happily pay that much or even more for a bit of genuine Halloween-inspired technology, though. So it’s fortuitous that Jarre Technologies – the speaker-making side business of chronically sucktastic French composer Jean Michel Jarre – has just unveiled something appropriate for the occasion: the Aeroskull.
This heady sound system has two 15-watt speakers hidden behind its sunglasses, as well as a 40-watt subwoofer that occupies the back of the skull. The Aeroskull has a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz, is Bluetooth enabled and has a headphone jack as well as a 30-pin iPod dock connector (a poor choice, in light of Apple’s newly unveiled Lightning connector). The device is available in 11 colors and comes with a bone-fide remote control.
Courtesy of Jarre Technologies
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