The Flying Skull chomps like a flying Pac-man » Coolest Gadgets. 30 or 40 of these flying around the yard would be awesomely cheesy.
Electric Motors for Props – Bride of Power Pack – Halloween Prop Building Supplies For The Home Haunter – Monster Guts — new product from these guys for halloween, a variable speed power controller for wiper motors. pretty useful and not crazy expensive. and halloween is less than 6 months out…
* The Gadgets Weblog: Wacom Bamboo Fun — I’ve always wanted a tablet.
* Painter’s Pyramid — actually seem highly useful
* 160Megapixel camera — on the road to gigapixel cameras
* Sandisk TakeTV. this keeps calling out to me as the way to get home movies down on the tv.
* 8 core macpro with decent graphics options
* Garmin forerunner 405
Geez it is may and I haven’t done crap for Halloween planning. The time to buy parts and build is rapidly approaching. Monster Guts sent me nice reminder spam, I might try some pressure mats this year.
* Monster Guts — some nice things in here, i need to look at the iogeek product a little more
* Battery operated candles — these seem a little pricey, i suspect you could buy some of the flicker led products out there and embed them in your own candles for less money.
* Amazon deep discount links — nice, i bet there is some good stuff in the 90% off section that might be good for halloween
I’m feeling pretty good about pneumatics for this halloween.
My primary use is for a creature crate. This is working really well, money well spent as I don’t think I could have created anything as durable as this. I’ve “retired” my opening/closing coffin from last year as this crate is jus so much more effective.
A secondary use is for a popping ghost. I’m using an efx-tek prop controller with some 24vdc smc solenoids (off ebay) to shoot a blast of 120psi air at irregular intervals. The air is directed upwards along a line from the ground up to a tree limb, and a lightweight ghost (gauzy fabric around a clear plastic cup which catches the air blast) flies up the string 10 feet and then settles down. I’ll position it all behind a tombstone and light the ghost path. The pneuma and mechanics are rock solid, I’m happy with them. The ghost is fine, at night in sudden bursts no one will see how crappy it really looks. I’d love to have the skill/ideas to create a better lightweight ghost — it has to catch the air blast in a stiff inner cup structure, needs a lot of gauzy outstructure to float around, and needs to weigh very little — I am probably at 4 oz now and wouldn’t want it heavier. Oh and be weather resistant as this is for outdoor use.
Notes for 2007: better looking ghost. And build 3 of these for different spots in the yard.