DIY: So You Want to Be a Smartphone for Halloween?

Whether you favor Apple or Android or want to create both (like we did), creating a smartphone costume like our Place Tempo getup on college campuses takes only a few supplies and a bit of creativity!

Read about the Place Tempo smartphone costume getup in a recent article Technical.ly DC did about the app here!


What you'll need:

1) Go to Michaels or a craft store and get the following:

- For each phone 2 display poster boards
- Double sided tape
- Silver self-adhesive paper

2) Take a screenshot of your phone(s), email it to yourself and save it as a high resolution jpeg or pdf file. Bring the file to Staples or Fedex and get it printed in vinyl or on poster paper.

3) Create the box by attaching the two poster boards with the double sided tape. Tie strings inside the boxes attached to the front and back, so that the boxes won't fall off your shoulders.

4) Stencil and cut out the buttons and arrows on the silver self-adhesive paper, then affix them to the boxes. 

5) Attach the screenshots to the boxes with the double sided tape and then cutout the holes for your face and arms with an exacto knife.

And there you have it! #phoningitin


Remote Work & Study Location Spotlight of the Week:

On the Place Tempo app nowBig Bear Cafe in the Shaw area of DC is one of the many places rated in realtime as a productive and great place to work remotely or study now! 

It has a quiet and serene atmosphere with soft classical music playing, an old fashioned and rustic interior and additional tables outside under a leafy canopy.

The app uses your selected and ranked productivity criteria to match you with the best six places nearby for you now.


Remote Work & Study Location Spotlight of the Week:

On the Place Tempo app now, Capital City Cheesecake is one of the many places rated in realtime as a productive and great place to work remotely or study in DC!

The app uses your selected + ranked productivity criteria to match you with the best six places for you now.

Capital City Cheesecake has three levels of space with plenty of comfortable seating, many tables and available outlets. It is very quiet throughout the day even when it is busy, has great WiFi speeds, and while music is playing, it is playing low.

The atmosphere is very nice and comfortable with large windows looking out onto a quaint and quiet tree lined street, an open basement right below with interesting art on the walls and creative graffitied walls (as seen on the left), and a dining area upstairs with the aromas of sweet pastries. 

Bonus: Delicious miniature cheesecakes. I had the white chocolate raspberry one and it certainly gave an added boost to my remote work day!

Capital City Cheesecake is located in Takoma Park, MD, a stone's throw from the DC border, and right down the road from the Takoma DC Metro Station. Here's to being productive!