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Monster-Tronics
03-12-2008, 05:22 PM
Here’s a video of the new Monster-Tronics Helmet Cam shot on location at Erebus Guinness World Record Largest Walk Through Haunted House. Video sound track compliments of Netherworld’s Spirits of the Dead CD.

Video was recorded off a wireless feed while going through the haunt in total darkness. There is a little static which I’m working on fixing with a new antenna system.

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gadget-evilusions
03-12-2008, 06:35 PM
Very cool Jeff!

Speculo
03-12-2008, 07:27 PM
I like it!

Ben
NETHERWORLD

Jim Warfield
03-12-2008, 08:48 PM
I don't understand it.
Anyone want to explain it to me?
Big fish in little bowl?
?

TheNightMare
03-12-2008, 09:06 PM
I don't understand it.
Anyone want to explain it to me?
Big fish in little bowl?
?

A helmet cam is to allow one to make a visual record from one's point of view without requiring the use of one's hands.

Its like playing a video game in first person perspective. Or as Monster-Tronics
has it, the camera is facing the patron so you can see his/her reactions to all the scares.

Monster-Tronics
03-13-2008, 12:29 AM
Thanks guys!

Sorry for not providing the product detail. Below is more info, for those that missed the original thread.

The Helmet Cam is due to be released at Hauntcon!

People love to watch other people get scared going through a haunted house!

Monster-Tronics Helmet Cam films the face of patrons going through a haunted house. It can record to an onboard digital recorder or broadcast a wireless signal to a wait line monitor. Great fun to watch!!!

* Use it for making live or recorded queue line entertainment.

* Add video to your advertising packets to send out to news papers, cable, TV and radio stations.

* Make money selling DVD’s of patrons going through your haunt. Burn a DVD in minutes from flash card or straight off the wireless feed.

Sleek helmet design with integrated color/night vision camera, wireless transmitter, and digital recorder.

Features:
Spin mount forward or backward looking camera.
2 Mile LoS wireless range (line of sight)
30 foot night vision range.
High resolution full motion on-board digital recorder.
On-board audio so you can hear them SCREAM!!!
Removable flashcard for full motion video.
Rechargeable Helmet battery pack and charger.
Black/White picture in night vision mode or full color with white light.
Wireless receiver with standard NTSC video and audio jacks.

Options:
Removable LED white light for night color recording.
Custom helmet paint job – Your haunts logo or graphics on helmet or skull, flames creatures etc…
Wireless transmitter and receiver only, digital full motion video recorder only, or both on board.

drfrightner
03-13-2008, 01:04 AM
Jeff,

I want one for SURE! Question... how does it record so you can make a dvd out of it or whatever??

Also thanks for the discount offer for HHA members.

Name: Jeff Londos

Company Name: Monster-Tronics

Description of Company: Monster-Tronics are known in the haunt industry as the Innovators in Haunt Technologies. Spawned from the Monster-Labs emerges the New Helmet Cam, Infrasonic Fear Generator, Animatronic Costumes, FlashFright remote controlled flashlight, Spitasaurus & Mind Blower Animatronic Prop’s, Head Tracking System, Illuminated Prosthetic’s, Custom Creations and much, much more!

Description of Discount Offer: 10% off list price on the new Helmet Cam, Infrasonic Fear Generator, All Animatronic Costumes, Spitasaurus & Mind Blower Animatronic Prop’s

Website: www.Monster-Tronics.com (mhtml:{EF635B1C-3C5D-4B64-82DF-B83C7E82CF5F}mid://00000346/!x-usc:http://www.monster-tronics.com/)

Email: info@Monster-Tronics.com (mhtml:{EF635B1C-3C5D-4B64-82DF-B83C7E82CF5F}mid://00000346/!x-usc:mailto:info@Monster-Tronics.com)

Contact Number: (248) 437-1135

Monster-Tronics
03-13-2008, 05:29 AM
One thing I forgot to mention is that the original concept was from Brett Hays so he gets the first one for free.

If you want to sell experience DVD’s to patrons, the quickest and easiest would be to use a DVD Recorder like this one:

http://www.abcwarehouse.com/product_catalog/pc_proddetails.asp~assort_id~1283~prod_ID~24038

The DVD Recorder will record the video from the wireless Helmet Cam in real time so the DVD will be ready as the patron exits the haunt. There is a wireless receiver that plugs in to the DVD Recorder that receives the signal from the helmet . Just push record and your good to go, no PC or screwing around needed.

If you want to record high resolution video for marketing etc, I would recommend using the on-board digital recorder which takes perfect full motion movies. The recorder has a flash card that you can plug into a PC or I might be able to provide a cable feed from the helmet which you could use the DVD Recorder also. Then you burn the DVD.

It sounds complicated but it’s not. There is only one cable to plug in on the receiver, you push a couple of buttons and your working. All of my products come with a user guide that you can discard like any real man would do. Lol

Thanks for your interest, I think this will be a really fun and profitable product for a haunt to use.

JamBam
03-13-2008, 05:46 AM
Really cool.

One more idea for you. How about giving the second one to anyone named Brett , a haunter, an old Jaycee, and that is also in Indiana! ... Hey that's me!


Looking forward to it's release. See you in Vegas !!!


p.s. Hey Warfield, when you get it. Get one and I want to see it on the faces of the people that slide down into the basement! I am sure that would be cool!

Brett Molitor
JamBam/Huntington Jaycees Haunted Hotel-13th Floor
www.HauntedHuntington.com
www.myspace.com/the_haunted_hotel

drfrightner
03-13-2008, 01:54 PM
Do you sell it complete with some sort of recording device... flash card recorder sounds perfect to me. Just wondering. I think many people would rather buy something complete, so we don't have to do anything but plug and play!

I want one either way!

Larry

Monster-Tronics
03-13-2008, 05:09 PM
Yep, everything you need will come with it. I have already thought about having a tested DVD Recorder too that you could get as an option, incase you already have one.

I agree with having a turn-key product so you don’t have to get anything else, you just plug it in and go. I just like to provide a lot of options and most of the time I confuse people.

Jim Warfield
03-13-2008, 05:38 PM
I was standing at the finish line of a 5 mile run we had in town. It was raining rreal hard. I was amazed at how few people from here were participating in the race.
Much later I realised there were alot of locals in that race that day! It was just that I couldn't recognise most of them after they had run five miles in the rain!
(Stretch that face
! Open that mouth as wide as you can, pour water all over yourself, now look in the mirror!)
I wonder how many people will recognise themselves in deep fear-expression!?
hahahaah!
"Hey! You gave me the wrong dvd, this isn't me!"
"Yes it is!"
"No it isn't!"

Monster-Tronics
03-14-2008, 05:09 AM
Jim, I want to give you a Helmet Cam too so you can wear it and record yourself and make a DVD.

We will call it “A day in the life of Jim Warfield”

It will be a huge hit, but I get to sell the DVD on my website!!! Deal?

graystone
03-14-2008, 06:02 AM
I dont see where you listed Graystone as recieving one. I mean after all I do have a lot of people reading what I say ( and everyone knows I have a lot to say). And what better way to sell tons than have the stamp of approval from Shane@ Graystone on it. To get the stamp of approval all you need to do is .
(1) Be Honest (This is most Important)
(2) Have good customer support
(3) Build it and ship as promised.
(4) Never ever ever take advantage of the buyer.
Jeff these few things will make your product a hit for sure. Well that and my approval. So when will I be getting mine. As soon as it arrives and its tested I will be here to list the results!!!!!!! Shane@ Graystone

Monster-Tronics
03-14-2008, 09:45 AM
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a free Helmet Cam if I were you Shane! lol

All kidding aside, I do very much believe in good business ethics! When I first got into haunting, I could not believe how several of the haunt vendors treated their customers. What was really funny was how after getting screwed the same customers kept going back to the vendor over and over.

In my former life I was a very successful Network Systems Engineer which helped design, sell and install some of the largest networks in the world. If you bought a car, used a bank, or have insurance, etc.. your data has gone over one of the networks I have helped build. In this type of business, communications with the customer is critical and screw them once, and you are done, you won’t be doing any future business with them.

My goal in creating Monster-Tronics was to bring my work ethics to the haunt industry. The last two years we have cut off sales early in the season when I knew I was at production capacity. We take your credit card info at the time of your order but do not charge a cent until the order ships. Nine times out of 10 if you call I answer the phone. That includes after hours and on weekends. I return emails promptly.

Last year we had several delays from my parts suppliers which caused delays getting some products out, but I kept all of the customers informed. We had two orders that did not go out last year and neither one was charged. Both were caused by a weird casting problem that was beyond my control. I have been pre-ordering lots of supplies for this year and have fixed the casting issue to try and correct the problems from last year.

I have several customers that I floated charging them because they were short on funds and I have still not been paid. I’ve had customers that canceled their orders at the last min and customers that do not return calls or emails. You guys say that vendors never return calls or emails, well many haunters are the same way!

I hear where you are coming from and it is about time customers stop bending over.

Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now and sorry for the dissertation but I too feel very strongly about doing the right thing as a company and don’t like to see people screwed either.

graystone
03-14-2008, 10:29 AM
I cant add anything to what you said in the above post. Looks like you have great ethics on a personal side as well as a business side. With that it is really notihng more anyone can ask for. Although keep in mind like I noted the Graystone seal of approval is equal to the Good House Keeping seal of approval.LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

graystone
03-14-2008, 10:35 AM
There is something I can add to this it should have hit me with the post before this one. Just like Bad Vendors, Bad Buyers needs to be mentioned too. There is buyers who will not pay their bills I am sure as much as the bad vendors not shipping their products. With that ANY VENDOR who has been done wrong by a buyer call them out on it .The Vendors needs to know as much about the bad buyers as the buyers needs to know about the bad vendors. Say that fast 3 times and you win a free helmet cam. Shane@ Graystone Manor

Jim Warfield
03-15-2008, 07:32 PM
I trhink that most of the people who like to see the tape from any helmet-cam I would be wearing all day would probably want the camera to be taking x-ray film so scientists could study my brain's internal workings, but no can do, this is classi-fried top sirloin, secret fried brain tomatoes, an old Warfield family recipeed right next to the centipeed.
Two nights ago I recorded the screaming of a young woman here whose scream seemed to have the tonal qualities to shatter glass, and it was continuous for maybe 6 to 8 seconds!
It was incredible. I'm thinking about putting a collection of such screams on my website as a sound track.

Monster-Tronics
04-12-2008, 05:41 AM
One of the uses of the Helmet Cam is that you can record videos and post them on your website.

Well I just found out that it really works to help draw more people to your site since when we were testing it out at Erebus the kids that were helping us out loved watching their videos and since I posted it on the web they tell everyone they know to go watch it. That would be a great way to get more kids going to your website (and haunt) if you record them and put a bunch of clips on your website. You would not have to post the whole clip of one person just edit a few sec clips of a bunch kids and post them. I bet it would draw hundreds of additional people by just their word of mouth.

Math time!!! $10 haunt ticket (your not charging enough) times 200 people = $2,000
Which pays for the Helmet cam several times over!

bodybagging
04-12-2008, 05:51 AM
Jeff are you coming to the MCHC meeting today? Derek would like to talk with you about the helmet cam.

Monster-Tronics
04-12-2008, 05:59 AM
Yep, see you guys there.

Gore Galore
04-12-2008, 08:41 AM
Jeff,
thanks for posting your work ethic.
Now we have even more in common.
What I like about you posting this is now several vendors have posted their work ethic so other vendors can see how some vendors handle their business.

The strange thing is the day I changed my work phone over to cell was the day it made it eeeeeeeeeasy to take every call.
Of course except when I am making molds or running foam. I can't just pull the respirator or put the mold material down. The callers just have to leave a message.
But I do call as soon as I get done.
I honestly think that has changed our business.
Most people call and if you don't answer they may just move to the next option.
I have hopes that our posting of this info has changed the industry, or given some vendors a standard to meet.

I hope to get to speak to you soon. We will be at MHC and Haunt Con.

Monster-Tronics
04-13-2008, 08:01 AM
I was standing tall on the soapbox that day. lol

That is too funny what you said about the phone ringing when you’re casting something. The phone can be quiet all day but a sure fire way to get it to ring is to mix something with a pot life of a minute, works every time!

We’ll be at both HC & MHC too, so we can get together and tip a few cold ones there and talk. I’d like to throw around the idea and see what you and others think of maybe forming a vendor coalition of sorts. I had talked to a couple of other vendors about this with the primary focus of protecting haunt vendors against the likes of Transworld and all of the stuff that has gone on there and maybe additional items like protect us against deadbeat customers, and even other vendors which focus on knock-off’s etc…

As vendors we don’t have additional time to waste on another association but let’s face it, the existing associations aren’t really designed to help us in any way other then maybe promote sales. I believe as vendors we have more power then we think. Haunters don’t come to TW to shop at the costume part of the show, they are going there to see and buy our products. TW is getting squeezed by other shows and large costume vendors and now is a good time for haunt vendors to do some squeezing too! The haunt part of the show has to bring in 800 to 1,000+ haunters and that is at least 10% of the attendance, maybe a lot more. If the 4,000 number is true that I heard at TW that gives us ¼ of the show.

If only there was 25 hours in every day, might have more time to fire up things like this…

Gore Galore
04-13-2008, 08:48 AM
I brought up a petition idea to present to transworld.
I think this could be the first thing we could do.
I don't think Transworld understands why we need the show when we do. we are at a point where the show being in March is more important than where the show is. Ok, I mean NO to the Show in January in Chicago.
that is just plain stupid.
Stpid enough that I would seriously consider not doing Transworld at all and just fending for ourselves despite the fact I know Transworld generates a full 25% of our annual income.

So, I think your idea of a vendor led, vendor particating group is a great idea.
And I would still be a member of IAHA and HHA.
Both have their place.
But I seriously think that we do need a Vendor group that ONLY deals with vendor issues.

-Transworld Dates
-Or possible Haunt Vendor show, or having one of the existing shows move their dates to a more suitable time.
-Vendor professionalism criteria
-Deadbeat vendors
-Deadbeat buyers (luckily we have only had 2 in the course of 10 years that could actually effect our business, and both went to collections and the sad thing is both were considered friends). There is a lesson there.
-Ripoff vendors

See you got me thinking, and I am sure every other vendor has something to contribute.

We should get a round table discussion going on this subject.

Any vendor interested in this discussion please feel free to PM me about it, and maybe we can put together something

Monster-Tronics
04-13-2008, 09:36 AM
A petition is a great idea to get things started! There is no way I can have a bunch of new products ready to show by Jan, end of story. Large companies don’t have a problem with things like this because they have dept’s dedicated to R&D, and marketing, and production, etc, but smaller companies like us the owners have their hands in everything.

I live in Michigan and the weather sucks all year around, I don’t really care about the weather issues like a lot of people were saying. I would be nice to have it somewhere warm but there are more important issues like cost of the show and ease of doing it.

In my other life I traveled a LOT, and I’ll take smaller cities anytime over a large city like Chi. for getting around and doing business. Personally, when I go to a haunt show whether we are showing or just as an attendee, I go for the haunt stuff and to hook up with all of our haunt friends, I don’t go to try and make it a vacation on the side. If I want to go on a vacation, I do that. Haunting is too much fun to blow off any of it to see the sites, etc…

Agree with everything you have said, good stuff!!!

> -Or possible Haunt Vendor show, or having one of the existing shows move their dates to a more suitable time.

This is the thing to do in my opinion too, TW is a big boat that is sailing in the wrong direction for the haunt industry. We have some great dedicated Haunt shows today why not embrace them fully.

Sorry if this has been talked about in other treads, I try to keep up but have been really busy lately.

Gore Galore
04-13-2008, 09:51 AM
We should move this to the vendor forum and get a discussion going on it.

And Scarefactory even needs from Nov to Jan to develop product. I think all vendors in the haunt section work this way.

bodybagging
04-13-2008, 10:00 AM
Guys Count us in!

Monster-Tronics
04-13-2008, 10:02 AM
Was just going to suggest that.

Speculo
04-13-2008, 10:15 AM
Yes!

You guys totally need your own group! YOU are the guys that need to TELL Transworld what you need...

You need a group with a foucus on YOUR needs, just like haunters need one that focuses on them. (i.e. HHA)

Cool!

Thanks

Ben
NETHERWORLD

Gore Galore
04-13-2008, 11:24 AM
Jeff, and Ben

I did post a new thread in the vendor forum,

Tom
04-13-2008, 08:04 PM
Hate to say this but it looks like the girl is getting LASIK eye surgery or something LOL. Sorry I couldn't resist. I just had it done and that's what came to mind (the evil doctor looking down on my eyes).
With the camera mounted on the head, you could only see the body/shoulders move (and some eyes blinking or rolling around). I think having the camera mounted on the body to see the terrifying jolts the head is making would be much more intense. Hair slinging in every direction with each scare and such.
Don't mean to sound like Simon, but I didn't get it...
Sorry, just my thoughts,

damon carson
04-14-2008, 06:24 PM
Yes I enjoyed watching her eyes as well. LOL! She had the most expression in her eyes. To me it looked like she was sitting still though and watching a horror movie rather than going through a haunted house.
Damon