Words by Elizabeth Cuomo

There are two types of people in this world: Those who think Halloween is the best, and those who think it’s the worst.

The autonomy of a costume can be daunting. To choose a Halloween costume is to ask yourself who am I? Am I a sexy Trump or scary Trump? Will they “get it”? What if someone else dresses up as the same thing but with superior execution? And the all important question: how much money are you willing to spend on latex?

If the spookiest part of Halloween is costume-choosing anxiety, here’s an option that will quell that fear once and for all. Introducing: ChameleonMaskChameleonMask is the newest technology from Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto that was unveiled earlier this year at the EmTech conference in Singapore. Rekimoto has nicknamed his invention the “Human Uber”. If you’re ever unable to show face, whether it’s because of locational difficulties, or because you simply don’t feel like it, Chameleon Mask is here to help!

In Rekimoto’s words, “a surrogate user wears a mask-shaped display that shows a remote user’s live face, and a voice channel transmits a remote user’s voice.” What’s this human surrogate? It’s a guy with an iPad strapped to his face. Essentially.

The pros:

– Creativity points!

– Don’t leave the house, ever

– Won’t have to spend money on $14 cocktails from the lame bar when you’re reduced to

a screen.

– Blame poor reception and opt out of the party at any moment. AKA: Fool-proof ghosting

– Perfect costume for couples!

The cons:

– How does your surrogate breathe or see with an ipad strapped to their face? (Not sure)

– You could potentially miss out on some fun (Yeah right)