Nerd Alert: ‘Simpsons’ Video Coat

07.12.11 7 years ago 10 Comments

Pictured here is Dave Forbes in a video coat of his own design as it plays an episode of “The Simpsons,” “the pinnacle of modern television entertainment.” There’s still some work to be done — the sleeves are unfinished, and the wires will be hidden from sight — but he plans to wear it to Burning Man this summer, where it will no doubt transfix people who are tripping balls. Be sure to watch the video below. More from Gizmodo:

Forbes is the proud owner of a 160×120 LED video coat that puts Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to shame…

It’s a wearable NTSC television made of circuit boards and LED flex boards hot-glued to a standard lab coat. It accepts input from an iPod and can display text, images, or video. It even has knobs to adjust the color, brightness of the media. The whole creation is powered by battery and lasts about an hour.

Whoa, hey. No need to besmirch the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange thousands of years before LED technology.

And yes, that’s a joke based on Tim Rice lyrics from over 40 years ago. I’m trying to appeal to an older, gayer audience.

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