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Circuits and clothing at conventions: anything to look out for? Answered

I've been working on a pair of working Daft Punk helmets for some time now. I am working on the electronics for it now, and I'm designing a systems to let me wear the helmets drivers and batteries without having to have a backpack that would cover up the hard work I did on a jacket (shameless plug is shameless).

Anyway, I've settled on a custom vest with pockets to store all the needed bits and bobs. However, if I wear just the vest (from the plans I have so far) I get the feeling someone might think it's some sort of bomb. While I have no intention of removing my jacket (as to try and keep the inner working under wraps) I am concerned that if I do remove the jackets, someone might get startled at a convention. As I have never personally been to a convention, and I plan to start going on them much more, I was curious if anyone has dealings with stuff of this nature. And, if they do, if there is anything I can do to ensure nothing as bad as someone yelling "bomb" at me (maybe get it checked as a weapon?). Either way, this is something I need to consider before I actually start making the control vest, so if I need to modify the design, I can. 

Also: I do know that most conventions have certain guidelines to them. Again, I have yet to go to any, and plan to go to them more often. Due to this, I want to know what the most strict set of rules would be, and follow those. Although, the strictest I have seen is peace-bonding weapons, nothing regarding clothing. 

Thanks in advance! 

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bwrussell (author)2014-07-29

Once tickets are on sale, or about to go on sale, for the con in question send an email to the organizers and include a couple pictures. They should be able to tell you yea or nay or direct you to someone who can. It may be as simple as getting a peace-binding attached visably just so people can see that it was inspected and cleared by the organizers.

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Triclaw (author)2014-07-29

heck just make it look like a cartoon bomb it will be cool , gaudy red tnt sticks and excessive wires convention costumes are well costumes have fun with it . if its not a bomb what trouble is there?

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DoctorWoo (author)Triclaw2014-07-29

That could be fun! It would take away from the cosplay a bit, but I think it could be fun! Still need to figure out the strictest set of rules, just to ensure that this won't cause a problem..
Also, I'm not sure how much trouble it would/could cause. I know that most con's are *ver* strict on prop weapons. For example, they peace-bind swords to seath so you can brandish it.

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Triclaw (author)DoctorWoo2014-07-29

look at the con your going to and see there rules there all going to be different . you could also wire all your gear in a appropriate prop ie brief case, flash light lunch box a skull . and who says you cant take a costume and put your own twist on it

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DoctorWoo (author)Triclaw2014-07-29

I've looked at the main one I'm planning on going to, and I'm not seeing anything outlining anything about suspicious looking undergarments. Also (as I'm sure you can already tell) I plan WAY too far in advance. As such, I want to make sure that I don't come to the "Oh boy! A convention! But shucks, I can't wear my customer because it breaks [insert guideline here]..." (also, the generally sarcasm, nothing personal! Gotta love how text does that...).
And I might try and do something like that. But, as I said below, I'm kinda hellbent on the vest, as I plan to use to not only to hold some batteries, but to keep my cool and hydrates without ruining my cosplay by wearing a camel pack or carrying a cooler for icepacks.

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Triclaw (author)DoctorWoo2014-07-29

we then you have time to make it thick and unseen If you want . you know put the pockets on the inside with a thicker fabric outside I might look normal might want it to be breather able though. it is always a good idea to torture test a costume in advance to get the bugs/ rubbing spots out ahead of time .

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DoctorWoo (author)Triclaw2014-07-29

Time is one thing I do have plenty of. As for the unseen, thats the entire goal of the vest. I figure I'll have bags and what not to care, and I wanted to stir away from anything in my hands that are needed to run the costume. As for a torture test, also planned. I plan to wear it at work one day, and see how long I can stand the heat there and if the ice packs help any.

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mpilchfamily (author)2014-07-29

You shouldn't need a vest or backpack. You should be able to get it all into the helmet. If not you need to start finding smaller parts and use a larger helmet.

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DoctorWoo (author)mpilchfamily2014-07-29

I know I can get all the drivers in the helmet, but I would like to use a larger battery as to ensure I can have it going for a good few hours longer then is needed to make sure I do not have any issues of batteries dying while at a convention. I also plan to stick some sort of EAS system inside the helmet, so I can hear people instead of hearing muffled voices.
I will also being using a spare phone as a voice morph, and I will be putting speakers on the vest so I can be heard (as I've already found out people can't hear me while the helmet is on)

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mpilchfamily (author)DoctorWoo2014-07-29

A good lith-ion battery will do the trick. If not have several on you that can be changed out as needed.

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DoctorWoo (author)mpilchfamily2014-07-29

And again I feel like an idiot...
Although that will cut down on wires running from the helmet to the vest, I'm still going to stick with the vest, as I plan to put pockets inside it for me to stay cool (because although it's pleather, that jackets still gets insanely hot) and have a hidden water bladder.

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