Two years ago, NASA engineer Mark Rober blew YouTube's mind with a video of his Halloween costume: a hole in his chest. Or at least it looked like a hole in his chest. In fact, it was an optical illusion made possible by two iPads, a little duct tape and a lot of ingenuity. Well, you won't believe what he's been up to since then.
Since his iPad-powered "gaping hole" costume, Rober's created a whole host of futuristic Halloween costumes and is starting to explore the full possibilities of tablet and smartphone integration. Demand for Rober's expertise reached a point earlier this year that he actually decided to quit his job at NASA and pursue the costume business full-time, running a start-up called Digital Dudz. It only took Rober eight hours of selling costume kits to make back the money he'd invested in the new business, and, not long thereafter, his company was acquired by the UK-based Morph costume company.
Now that he's got some experience and capital behind him, Rober wants to continue pushing the boundaries. We spoke to him ahead of this year's Halloween about his latest project and what's to come. It sounds exciting.