Glow sticks are so passé. A glowing, tech-infused mask created by a group of friends in Montreal changes patterns and pulses to the beat.
Welcome to the dance party of the future.
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After watching games involving light grow more popular for festivals and parties, the team behind startup Outline Montréal wanted to make it easier for audiences to become part of the show.
They spent a year and went through several prototypes in developing their Sound Reactive Mask. This electro-luminescent face mask, shaped like a jaguar, has illumination patterns that light up in response to the music playing. A wheel on the side lets the wearer adjust its sensitivity to the beat.
"This system can transcribe musical beats into light, reacting to the rhythm of any music," their Kickstarter page says.
The battery-powered mask is lined with soft black foam for comfort. A strap makes the whole thing adjustable for a range of sizes. And if your head is abnormally large, the founders will send a strap that fits.
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These guys must be onto something because their Kickstarter campaign still has several weeks to go and the project is already 361 percent funded. Once the mask hits the market, the price will be around $30, according to the site. At that price - and after a few cocktails - I'd even spring for one.
While waiting for the mask to go into production, get into that glowing animal mood with some music from the mysterious DJ Slow Magic. But don't say I didn't warn you. Much like watching the mask in action, it can be downright hypnotic.