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NASA engineer designs 'hole in torso' costume

The result was an optical illusion which lets people see right through the person as if it were a real gaping bloody wound in the torso.

Want an eye-catching Halloween costume to wear to the party around town?

It can be tough to think up unique Halloween costume ideas, but if you really want to stand out with something original, why not go with a bleeding, gaping hole through your torso?

That is exactly what Mark Rober has created using two iPad 2s, duct tape and some red sauce for color and impact.

Rober declared, “I went to a Halloween party tonight and had tried out my costume idea of using 2 iPads with a Facetime chat to make it look like I had a huge hole in my stomach. Everyone was seriously going nuts and 2 people said it was ‘the coolest thing I’ve ever seen’.”

"Basically you start a FaceTime chat between the iPads and then tape one to your front and one to your back. Add a little red paint and you're good to go." -- Mark Rober.

Making the costume
Rober, a Mechanical Engineer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, came up with the fresh concept and designed the outfit by taking a pair of iPad 2s and strapping them to his gut and back using duct tape.

Rober then connected the two iPads via Wi-Fi using FaceTime video chat. Next he made a couple of holes in the t-shirt and splashed red sauce for fake blood around them.

The front view camera on each iPad 2 displayed the image it saw on the touchscreen of the other device. The result was an optical illusion which lets people see right through the person as if it were a real gaping bloody wound in the torso.

Showing off the result on his YouTube channel, Rober stated, "Basically you start a FaceTime chat between the iPads and then tape one to your front and one to your back. Add a little red paint and you're good to go."

WiFi connection needed
For the costume device to work, a decent WiFi connection is needed. However, if the party falters on that aspect, Rober suggests you just carry a portable Wi-Fi hotspot in your pocket.

Though the concept is a bit expensive, it is quick, magical and fascinating.