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Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

Proving that sometimes all it takes is a popular YouTube video to kickstart a successful business, Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks that come to life with nothing but a smartphone running a free app.


A Simple Trick To Protect Your PIN From Thieves With Thermal Cameras

Thermal cameras were once expensive and bulky hunks of equipment that very few people could get their hands on. No longer. With FLIR’s new iPhone case thermal imaging cameras are now both affordable and incredibly discreet, which means that evil-doers can use it to see the thermal signature your fingers leave on a keypad and steal your ATM PIN. Here’s a very simple way to thwart that.


The Science Behind Making The Fastest Possible Pinewood Derby Car

You wouldn’t think that a four-wheeled car would go faster if one of its wheels didn’t touch the ground. Or if its axles were bent. Or if it was designed to grind against a wall. You would be wrong, and here’s the science to prove it.


NASA Engineers Built An Insanely Complex Bullet-Time Rig For Fun

Back in May, our friend and ex-NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober, figured out a way to shoot “bullet time” videos on the cheap, with a ceiling fan, a pair of torches and a GoPro. Pretty damn creative, but the rig had its limitations. So Mark set out to find a way to create a similar setup, this time using a high-end Phantom camera. Thank goodness.


The NASA Engineer Who Made iPads The Future Of Halloween

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.


Get Your Guts Ripped Out For An Awesome Halloween Costume

Two years ago, a NASA engineer named Mark Rober emailed us a halloween costume that used two iPads to make it look like you had a gaping hole in your stomach. This year the system is both more refined and more gruesome.


The Scooby Doo Picture Frame Gag Gets A High-Tech Spying Twist

Are there any here among us who didn’t watch Scooby Doo as a kid, see a villain spying (with blinking eyes) behind a picture on the wall, and secretly wish we could do that? We may never be allowed to carve holes in our walls, but we can still make that dream come true.


Seven Years In The Life Of One Of The Engineers Of The Mars Curiosity Rover

With all the excitement of the seven minutes of terror (and glory), it’s easy to forget that there were seven years of suffering and hard work to make it all happen. Seven years of the life of people like Adam Steltzner or our friend Mark Rober.


Make Gigantic, Glowing, Flying Art On The Cheap

Imagine you’re walking home from a bar tonight. You look up and there’s a bright, glowing, 23sqm Super Mario flying above you. You’d probably think someone had slipped you something, but no, it’s just Mark Rober from NASA having some fun.


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