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Looks like an XKCD character. Lovely!
posted by wenestvedt at 7:49 PM on October 23, 2013 [14 favorites]


Kyoot
posted by sweetkid at 8:17 PM on October 23, 2013


Kyoot
posted by sweetkid


Eponysterical
posted by Optamystic at 8:32 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


A group of younger teens all dressed in these things would be really cool in the dark. Too bad people apparently think their kids are going to DIE INSTANTLY if they trick or treat past 3:00pm these days.
posted by Justinian at 8:42 PM on October 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


My mother was always so worried we'd be hit by a car in the dark - she would have loved this.
posted by jb at 8:43 PM on October 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Win!
posted by escape from the potato planet at 8:47 PM on October 23, 2013


Adorable!
posted by Lexica at 8:48 PM on October 23, 2013


I love that she moves with such speed that that was the best shot they could get of her.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:56 PM on October 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


That's pretty fun!
posted by Carillon at 9:04 PM on October 23, 2013


There are mobs of people dressed like this at Burning Man, which I always thought was clever. Putting it on a tiny human is a fantastic idea.
posted by sacrifix at 9:56 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


That is one adorable costume!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:58 PM on October 23, 2013


Aw man, this could start a trend in LED stick figure... something.

Whoever the parents are, they are awesome.
posted by quiet earth at 10:54 PM on October 23, 2013


The next logical step is to get the whole family involved, with a rectangular frame somehow hanging behind them all, and go as the back window of a minivan.
posted by chambers at 11:10 PM on October 23, 2013 [24 favorites]


There are mobs of people dressed like this at Burning Man

That camerawoman is on the drugs.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 12:19 AM on October 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


Don't have her wear that at Logan Airport.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:24 AM on October 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Uh, my reaction to the video as one of the first things I see this morning was more along the lines of "No no no no, why is the stick figure running at meeeee."
posted by Kitteh at 4:36 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


is she yelling "bring me a puppy"? Then bring her a puppy. I for one welcome our wee stick figure overlords.
posted by dabitch at 6:29 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sure, one toddler is super cute, BUT if I see anything remotely resembling a mob of these creatures coming toward me, you can bet I'll be running the hell away, Halloween or no.
posted by Optamystic at 6:45 AM on October 24, 2013


I wish the back of the costume had the LEDs too because 2(adorbz).
posted by Room 641-A at 6:46 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


The guy who made it said he's going to post a "how-to" video (of course, he said he'd post it yesterday, so jury's out). He did post his materials list:

* RGB LED 5050 strip (search that on ebay)
* 8 AA batter holder 1.5vX8 = 12v power supply
* Solder
* hot glue
* Tiny hoodie and pants
* toddler

Another LED stickman suit (not a small child, and totally unrelated to that link) that looks pretty cool. He also posted his materials list:
* $35 - Black Hooded Jumpsuit
* $40 - 5 Meter High Density Waterproof LED Light Strip 5050
* $9 - Mini RF RGB LED Controller with Wireless Remote Control
* $10 - LED Strip Light 5050 RGB strip Connector
* $7 - 4PIN 10MM MALE CONNECTORS TO LED STRIP RGB 5050 (Used to plug in to the LED controller)
* $10 - RGB 5050 4 Wire Cable
* $60 - Anker Astro Pro 14400mAh Portable Power Bank Pack
* $20 - Rechargeable Li-po Battery For Digital Camera 12680mAh
* $4 - Black Duct Tape
* $165 - Sound Activated LED Mask

(If it isn't obvious, I kinda want to make one of these.)
posted by inigo2 at 6:54 AM on October 24, 2013 [9 favorites]


I love how she's clearly already adapted to having light come out of her face and is using it to illuminate the ground in front of her.
posted by Etrigan at 6:59 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


ROCK - I just bought a box of toddlers from Edmund Scientific. To the garage!
posted by mintcake! at 7:02 AM on October 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


Also, that Frankenstein walk/run that toddlers do never gets old, even without a costume.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:04 AM on October 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, I'm probably going to use an askme once I get my crap together, but if anyone has tips on making something like this, I'm all ears. Don't be afraid to talk to me like I'm an idiot (good general rule anyway). The sound-activated LEDs are particularly intriguing. In previous research, I got the impression that the following three items would basically provide sound activate LED strip with power; so if I wanted these in my apartment, this is all I'd need, correct? (And yes, some of this is probably cheaper via eBay.)
1) LEDs: http://www.amazon.com/Non-Waterproof-5050-SMD-Strip-Light/dp/B006LW2NJM/
2) react to music: http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Controller-Changing-Control-5050rgb/dp/B008BD4734/
3) some kind of power (any different needs, if I want it in the bathroom?)

And then if I wanted it as part of a costume, then just add some of those connectors (so I can have shorter runs of LEDs across bendy parts), plus a portable power supply, should be all I need on the tech side? Maybe?
posted by inigo2 at 7:26 AM on October 24, 2013


ROCK - I just bought a box of toddlers from Edmund Scientific. To the garage!

I thought you were saving those as the control group in your scientific study?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:29 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Terrifying pudgy toddling nightmares made flesh!
posted by elizardbits at 7:32 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


reminds me of these awesome costumes at burning man. only far more adorable.
posted by changeling at 7:49 AM on October 24, 2013


wenestvedt: Looks like an XKCD character. Lovely!

That's much better than thinking of Don Hertzfeldt characters (which aren't stick people, but are often rather basic line drawings, with extra weirdness). Because I then instantly thought "could I make a Hertzfeld character LED costume AND teach my son to say "my anus is bleeding" by Halloween?"
posted by filthy light thief at 7:58 AM on October 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I just tried this and now I have some questions.

How did they get the solder to stick to the kid?

Also how do you fight off their parents while you do it?
posted by srboisvert at 8:08 AM on October 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


Candy.

And candy.
posted by Etrigan at 8:23 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


inigo2:

The strip you have linked to is a one colour at a time type. So it can be any colour, but all the LED's will be the same. You can also buy strips that allow you to control each LED individually, but they require a different type of controller. Make sure you buy the kind you want.

If you are planning to do this as a costume, I recommend buying the waterproof type. They are a bit tougher than their non-waterproof versions. I suggest you go the waterproof route for your bathroom too, for obvious reasons.

In addition to that controller you will need a 12 volt DC power supply. The comments suggest a minimum of 2.5 amps. Although if you don't use the whole strip you will need less power. 5 meters is pretty long.

The strip will come with a connector at one end but not at the other. So if you cut it you will have to do some soldering if you want to use the rest of the strip.

Send me a message when you do your AskMe and I can probably help you out.



Also, that kid + costume is AMAZEBALLS.
posted by keeo at 11:47 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


At the very end you can hear someone calmly saying, "Uh-oh daddy, she came unplugged."

I love that this an a utterly normal sentence for this family.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:06 PM on October 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


That was so cute. The only thing missing on the stickman costume was a halo.
posted by sardonyx at 8:22 PM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was about to FPP this, but holy crap, previously.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:51 PM on October 25, 2013


mintcake!: "ROCK - I just bought a box of toddlers from Edmund Scientific. To the garage!"

Dammit. Woot! just had them 70% off, and I thought, "Oooh,... but what would I use them for?"

Should grabbed 5 or 6 while they were cheap.
posted by IAmBroom at 11:49 AM on October 28, 2013


Should grabbed 5 or 6 while they were cheap.

I tried stapling a couple 3-year-olds together, but it just wasn't the same.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:08 PM on October 28, 2013


If you know stuff about working with LEDs, feel free to pop over to this awesome askme some randome person posted.
posted by inigo2 at 7:36 AM on October 29, 2013


He posted a video tutorial.
posted by inigo2 at 6:39 AM on October 30, 2013


*Adds up list of supplies*

Seriously, that costume cost $360 to make?! Wow. Talk about commitment to Halloween sparkle motion!
posted by misha at 11:46 AM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


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