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jahsavi
Oct 24, 2009, 09:14 PM
(Hope this is the correct thread to post in) Submitted to macrumors but maybe you guys can help get the ball rolling. My friend and I worked for three solid weeks on a "working" iphone costume. Our iphones connect directly to the costume. Here's a photo and video of the suit. Let me know what you think.

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs034.snc3/12137_504622357602_201101445_30136680_665074_n.jpg

http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs207.snc1/7417_504619014302_201101445_30136589_6733894_n.jpg

HD video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIjBqFMwM08

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4057313386_2a751ddf19_o.jpg

Thanks guys,
savio (biggest apple fan in the world)

SchneiderMan
Oct 24, 2009, 09:20 PM
Hasn't this been done before?

drewsof07
Oct 24, 2009, 09:24 PM
Hasn't this been done before?

Yes, back in 2007 (http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-apple-fanboys-steal-iphone-displays-turns-them-into-costumes).

And to the OP, "fully working" implies the touch controls work... So I doubt it is "fully" working ;)

But props for building these kickass costumes! And risking your LCD televisions! Looks like you put a lot of work into them. Hopefully you don't run into any kids who think those boxes are full of candy :eek:

savoirfaire
Oct 24, 2009, 10:07 PM
Jeezus, how much do those costumes weigh?

jahsavi
Oct 24, 2009, 10:13 PM
Jeezus, how much do those costumes weigh?

Around 85 lbs... we have a car battery between our legs lol sucks but worth it.

Yes, back in 2007 (http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-apple-fanboys-steal-iphone-displays-turns-them-into-costumes).

And to the OP, "fully working" implies the touch controls work... So I doubt it is "fully" working ;)

But props for building these kickass costumes! And risking your LCD televisions! Looks like you put a lot of work into them. Hopefully you don't run into any kids who think those boxes are full of candy :eek:

Well "working" sort of.. lol

Hasn't this been done before?

We are the same guys that made the first LCD iphone costumes two years ago. Just now its improved :)

dreary
Oct 24, 2009, 10:20 PM
looks like a zune:)

mousouchop
Oct 24, 2009, 10:24 PM
Geez... Talk about multi-posting. It's times like these where I get really peeved that I got a warning or write-up or whatever it would be call on here for ONE multi-post when I first started posting to these. Mod edited my posts into one too. I get so bummed that I have that warning on my profile still. :(

Anywho, the costumes are okay. I guess, since I do not love the iPhone, I do not love the costume. :P I bet they are a lot of work though.

twoodcc
Oct 24, 2009, 10:28 PM
Around 85 lbs... we have a car battery between our legs lol sucks but worth it.

oh wow! still cool though. good job

lemonademaker
Oct 24, 2009, 11:32 PM
WOW i think a lot of guys are "harshin ur mello"...LOL

I say great job! and heavy as hell!! are they mounted on a marching band drum rig? or are they literally hanging on your shoulders?

CHEERS !! TO ONE EXPENSIVE COSTUME!!

jahsavi
Oct 25, 2009, 01:03 AM
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SchneiderMan
Oct 25, 2009, 01:05 AM
Why no round corners?

jahsavi
Oct 25, 2009, 01:49 AM
Why no round corners?

The plan was to create the shell out of fiberglass (smooth look, corners everything) even had the mold ready to go but we ran out of time after the first few layers and came up with a plastic shell last minute. I know... I wish it had smoother edges. I'm a super big perfectionist. I think the one comment about it resembling a "zune" was kind of an insult lol. haha

My favorite part is that you can play music, games, videos, even call without any problems with the output. The 2007 model was only a looping video off a video ipod. This years model is a big achievement in iphone costume making. :)

jecapaga
Oct 25, 2009, 02:16 AM
Around 85 lbs... we have a car battery between our legs lol sucks but worth it.

I bet you tell all the ladies this.

Perrumpo
Oct 25, 2009, 10:45 AM
Around 85 lbs... we have a car battery between our legs lol sucks but worth it.

Well "working" sort of.. lol

We are the same guys that made the first LCD iphone costumes two years ago. Just now its improved :)

Wow, quite a lot of work you did. Very cool!

Geez... Talk about multi-posting. It's times like these where I get really peeved that I got a warning or write-up or whatever it would be call on here for ONE multi-post when I first started posting to these. Mod edited my posts into one too. I get so bummed that I have that warning on my profile still. :(

Anywho, the costumes are okay. I guess, since I do not love the iPhone, I do not love the costume. :P I bet they are a lot of work though.

Yeah really. I used a Flight of the Concords joke once, saying, "too many 'dudes' on the dance floor" and I got written up for "insulting other members". :confused::confused:

DJFriar
Oct 25, 2009, 11:43 AM
So i there a writeup anywhere on how you two did this? I'm mainly interested in getting the video out to work. Links?

Shaduu
Oct 25, 2009, 12:18 PM
In a word: awesome.

simplymuzik3
Oct 25, 2009, 12:24 PM
So i there a writeup anywhere on how you two did this? I'm mainly interested in getting the video out to work. Links?

Me too! I just want to know how you output the video from the iPhone to the screens! Please show us! Loving the costumes btw :D

puffnstuff
Oct 25, 2009, 01:05 PM
how did you mirror the iphone screen?

I want to be able to hook my iPod touch to a 10inch screen

fabiopigi
Oct 25, 2009, 01:13 PM
they probably used a jailbroken phone and TVOut from bigboss
http://moreinfo.thebigboss.org/moreinfo/tvout.php
or screensplitr
http://www.plutinosoft.com/blog/projects/screensplitr/


further, to not make the screen rotate, they used sbsettings and the rotate-blocker.

i'm not sure if they did it this way, but i would guess so

puffnstuff
Oct 25, 2009, 02:07 PM
they probably used a jailbroken phone and TVOut from bigboss
http://moreinfo.thebigboss.org/moreinfo/tvout.php
or screensplitr
http://www.plutinosoft.com/blog/projects/screensplitr/


further, to not make the screen rotate, they used sbsettings and the rotate-blocker.

i'm not sure if they did it this way, but i would guess so

omfg I have been trying to do this for ages thank you so much!

HBOC
Oct 25, 2009, 03:08 PM
you guys are on gizmodo now. Cool costume. I'll tell ya, i wouldn't wanna carry 85lbs around during a night of heavy drinking!
http://gizmodo.com/5389487/working-apple-iphone-costumes-just-plain-win?autoplay=true

sushi
Oct 25, 2009, 06:46 PM
Pretty cool! :)

At 85 pounds, that must get heavy after a while.

adamvk
Oct 25, 2009, 09:38 PM
I just saw this GIZMODO, its pretty cool.

paulisme
Oct 25, 2009, 09:41 PM
Damn. I was working on a fully-functional Motorolla DynaTAC costume, but you guys had to one up me.

jahsavi
Oct 26, 2009, 12:13 AM
Pretty cool! :)

At 85 pounds, that must get heavy after a while.

Yeah... It does. Friday night I wore the costume for an hour and half strait.

Damn. I was working on a fully-functional Motorolla DynaTAC costume, but you guys had to one up me.

ahh the old bricks... thats actually not a bad idea for a costume. lol ...Kick it old school :)

thewhitehart
Oct 26, 2009, 03:01 AM
Props to you, man. I can't believe some people are dissin' it. You need to go trick-or-treating in Manhattan. You'll make the Daily News.

XboxEvolved
Oct 26, 2009, 05:08 AM
Now all you guys need to do is figure out a way to mass produce and sell. Could call them "open phone" costumes. Pretty kick ass tho.

Angelo95210
Oct 26, 2009, 05:12 AM
Man this is an expensive costume !!

savoirfaire
Oct 26, 2009, 07:54 AM
Around 85 lbs... we have a car battery between our legs lol sucks but worth it.

I wonder what effect that might have on future children... :p

sushi
Oct 27, 2009, 01:00 AM
I wonder what effect that might have on future children... :p
Well, as long as the wires are shielded. Ha ha!

brbubba
Oct 27, 2009, 08:24 AM
How long does the car battery power the monitor for? That thing must suck up some juice.

jahsavi
Oct 29, 2009, 05:34 AM
How long does the car battery power the monitor for? That thing must suck up some juice.

We get about 1.5 hours per battery.


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NEWS:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/palm-harbor-duo-strut-stuff-as-man-sized-iphones/1047601

savoirfaire
Oct 29, 2009, 08:32 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/4055459980_2306377631_o.jpg
[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

NEWS:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/palm-harbor-duo-strut-stuff-as-man-sized-iphones/1047601

Nice article -

If I had your number, I'd send you embarrassing text messages all day.

alljunks
Oct 29, 2009, 10:25 AM
pretty cool!!!!

Anonymouslives
Oct 29, 2009, 12:54 PM
Those costumes are AWESOME! I can't believe the negativity coming from some of the tools in this thread. You're just jealous because you couldn't create anything 1/1000 as cool.

AngryApple
Oct 29, 2009, 07:25 PM
Ebay!;):D

jahsavi
Oct 29, 2009, 08:39 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4057313386_2a751ddf19_o.jpg

callumacrae
Nov 1, 2009, 01:26 PM
Woooow

I want one.

~Callum

amadk
Sep 10, 2010, 04:59 PM
Would you be for hire to wear this during a tradeshow?

maradigo
Sep 27, 2010, 04:48 AM
aw sum costume Can i make a call on your costume heheh :)

iphonerepair111
Dec 4, 2010, 08:01 PM
Good work guys. I would really want that. I am a sales/marketing guy working in an iPhone Repair London (http://www.iphonerepairservices.co.uk) company.

I am looking for such a costume to market our iPhone Repair Service (http://iphonerepairservices.co.uk/iphoneservices.php) business. Atleast, now I have a good idea of how can I make one myself.

Great Sharing.

Thanks

panoz7
Dec 4, 2010, 08:12 PM
Cool. I was wondering when I'd see an iphone costume.

Back in 2006 I made a working ipod costume as well. I wired sensors to a physically rotating click wheel that were in turn soldered to the control board of a usb keyboard that allowed it to be controlled. An old ibook G3 provided a lot of donor parts. Fully charged it would last about 3 hours, though it was uncomfortable enough that I would never wear it for that long.

Here's a photo of it in the early testing:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2080/1661180792_a24ae36521_z.jpg?zz=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gryffindor8387/1661180792/)

Unfortunately I can't find any other pictures at the moment. The damn project almost killed me. Two all nighters in a row is not a good idea...