Published: Wed, December 19, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Android phones power this hilarious glitter-bombing Amazon package decoy

Android phones power this hilarious glitter-bombing Amazon package decoy

A former Nasa engineer made an explosive glitter bomb meant to ward off parcel thieves after a parcel was stolen from his porch earlier this year.

YouTube content creator Mark Rober put together a special device to surprise package thieves after receiving no help from the police. When they open the stolen "package" it sprays them with a fog of fine glitter and five squirts of fart spray.

He said he created the bomb to explode when thieves tried to take packages off his porch.

Mark Rober is a NASA engineer and YouTube star and he knows what he's doing.

Rober, who worked for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 9 years and whose work is now being driven around by the Curiosity rover on Mars, says he was inspired to do something after a couple was caught on his security camera stealing a package from his doorstep. He says, "Ultimately, when they opened the package, I just wanted to celebrate their profession with a cloud of glitter, because, I mean, who doesn't love glitter?"

It is pretty common for packages left in front of one's doorway to be stolen in the United States.

Because the box is equipped with Global Positioning System technology and the LTE-data smartphones, Rober will know where the package is and receive good video evidence of perpetrators' reactions. To make sure he got their reactions on camera, he rigged the box with a Global Positioning System tracker, multiple phones with video cameras - and fart spray. Rober concludes, "So the moral of the story is, just don't take other people's stuff". "Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side you'll never find yourself in this situation". And judging by the almost 14 million views of his video after just a day on YouTube, he could give Santa Claus competition in a Christmas popularity contest.

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