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    Cool Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    Check it out, from the OC Register: Disney's mouse ears become interactive | hats, disney, davis - Business - The Orange County Register

    "I saw these ears and thought this was something absolutely fun to reverse engineer," said Zylstra, who has a background in technology and works for Disney fan site Micechat.
    Because the hats were given away free at the special event Zylstra didn't have a problem tearing them apart and looking inside. He found a Texas Instruments chip inside and each ear had an LED light while the right ear contained an infrared receiver and the left a transmitter. That transmitter means the hat is not only capable of receiving signals from the park but it can talk back too. And the hats can talk to each other as well. The proof? Zylstra and a friend were playing with the hats and noticed that when you put two close to each other they would sync and display the same colors.

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    Disney senior technical director Chuck Davis says they've just scratched the surface of what can be done with the technology.
    If you happen to be a celebrating a birthday, the hats could behave a certain way, Davis said. Even more, if you happen to pass by another person celebrating a birthday, the hats could react and provide a special experience. Or a group with the hats can have them all behave a certain way unique to their group.
    Yes, I am the one quoted in the article. I've had fun playing with the ears, and doing a little reverse engineering on what they can do, how the broadcasts from ear-to-ear work, and overall geeking out with them. I've learned way more that I wanted to about infrared, including timing pulses, preambles, and Pronto codes.
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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    Very cool. Thanks for posting and looking into this. I've done a bit of micro LED controller work for my friends who go to raves and would love to get some of these just to tinker with it and refit them into other things.

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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    This is great! How much do these hats cost?
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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    Nicely done, MM! That's really cool that you did the work on the ears. For what they are, they really are a little bit of Disney marvel.

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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    Quote Originally Posted by fifthrider View Post
    Very cool. Thanks for posting and looking into this. I've done a bit of micro LED controller work for my friends who go to raves and would love to get some of these just to tinker with it and refit them into other things.
    Come up with a cool idea and put it on Kickstarter. I'm not particularly good with electronics, but there are a million things you could do with this type of gadget. At parties, clubs, bars, etc. I'm sure Disney has a patent, though.

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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

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    This is great! How much do these hats cost?
    I just bought a pair last Saturday and they were $23.something... I used my annual pass and got $2.3something off. I found them at World of Disney on Downtown Disney and also saw them inside the gift shop at Paradise Pier Hotel.

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    Re: Neat article on the "Glow with the Show" ears from the OC Register...

    They are definitely a slick piece of engineering. The whole system is. I'd love to get my hands on the show control code myself, being a programmer.

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