High Tech Halloween ideas?

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  1. mattthemutt macrumors regular

    mattthemutt

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    I'm thinking that this Halloween, I want to put up some interesting high-tech decorations. I was hoping to use my Mac Mini and my Airport Express (AirTunes, more specifically) somehow to create some sort of scary display.

    I have a small window near my front door that I was thinking of mounting an LCD screen in, and playing scary video clips or something.

    Alternatively, it would be cool to hook up my Airport Express to some speakers, and have the Mac mini do voice commands (text to speech) over the speakers.

    I'm not sure how any of this might work, and I'd love to have some input and ideas.

    Thanks
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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    Step 1: Put some speakers near your front door (as loud as possible)
    Step 2: Buy/rent a smoke machine
    Step 3: Send me your mini, LCD and airport express
    Step 4: Do something scary with the speakers and smoke detector
     
  3. mattthemutt thread starter macrumors regular

    mattthemutt

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    Thanks for the suggestions, especially number 3. :rolleyes:
     
  4. mattthemutt thread starter macrumors regular

    mattthemutt

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    Is there any app which will play live text to speech through AirTunes?
     
  5. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    airfoil will play any system sounds through Airtunes.

    open that up, type some stuff in textedit and start "speaking" :)
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    In advance, you could use the Text to Audio AppleScript to convert a whole bunch of TextEdit documents to AIFF using the voice of your preference, then if you've got an audio app you might able to do a little post-processing to make them really spooky.

    Then import/convert them into iTunes and then you can AirTunes to your heart's content. Good thing about it, is it's free. :)
     
  7. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

    ®îçhå®?

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    Stick an LCD panel in a pumpkin and play different coloured lights on the LCD> As well as that, get a few tracks etc in itunes and play them over air tunes into the speakers like a witch's cackel.
     

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