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Jack-O-Lanterns Get Hi-Tech


Article courtesy of John Beck, from The Processor.

If you didn’t get invited to any good Halloween parties (or are just a complete misanthrope), then you might well be planning to spend Saturday night hunkered down behind the sofa with the lights off, hoping that sugar-crazed trick-or-treaters don’t suss you out and start making outrageous demands for confectionary and money in exchange for not smashing your windows or causing you actual bodily harm.

In case you do get rumbled, you may wish to follow Glenn Derene of Popular Mechanics’ lead and create some hi-tech surveillance pumpkins to capture the little darlings on tape while they ransack your house and/or break your legs.

Derene made himself two different video system sporting jack-o-lanterns – one with a cheapo infrared camera and receiver set and another with an Aavek Vue wireless camera system, which can be monitored remotely via a password protected website. Check out step by step instructions here. Take that you pesky kids!

[ PopularMechanics ]

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  • Jessicat

    This would be smart for those people that like to dress up as a scarecrow or other lifeless decoration. Sitting there waiting for kids to reach for the candy near them and then BOOO! Those guys are mean, but it's fun to watch. Halloween is so much fun.

  • chaosoldier

    Or the ones that are hiding in coffins, that they may or may not have purchased from Wal-Mart.

  • chaosoldier

    These are a tech geek's Halloween dream. This are utterly spectacular.

  • mcman

    One time my friends and I put a pumpkin on the RR tracks and then hid in the bushes waiting for a train to come. The train never came.

    We laughed and laughed…..mainly because we were retarded.

  • mcman

    Charlie, correct me if I'm wrong but didn't you use this same “cool” response yesterday? Tisk, tisk.

  • EspritOuvert

    This works great until those pesky kids smash your pumpkin, and equipment. It's a very common Halloween prank.

  • Austin Kirschenmann

    Great story.

  • dubzilla

    “no you don't understand officer. I have recordings of little kids dressed up for “security reasons”

  • dubzilla

    “no you don't understand officer. I have recordings of little kids dressed up for “security reasons”