Engineer Builds Glitter Bomb Trap for Package Thieves Out of HomePod Box

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    Package thievery has only increased in recent years as more people shop online for large-scale gifts. Unfortunately, sometimes there's not much you can do about it if you don't have an outside camera and alarm system watching your home, and sometimes even that isn't enough. Apple engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober decided to go the extra mile recently to stop rampant package thieving at his house, building a complex glitter bomb and stink bomb trap hidden in the box of Apple's HomePod.


    In a new video, Rober explains a bit of the early development of the trap, which took six months, multiple design iterations, and help from his friend Sean Hodgins to help build the smaller pieces of electronics inside the so-called "revenge package." Hodgins posted an in-depth video about building the glitter bomb as well, which you can check out here.

    The brain of the trap is a custom printed circuit board with an accelerometer, which checks to see if it's left a set geofenced area of Rober's house when it's been moved. If it has, four included Android smartphones wake up and start recording using their wide-angle lenses, allowing Rober to capture every angle of the package thief's reaction when the top of the HomePod box is removed.

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    To top it all off, Rober included a mechanism that sprays fart spray into the area five times every 30 seconds once the lid has been removed. The engineer said that this ensured he could recover the package because the thief would likely end up throwing it outside of their car or home in frustration, but even if they didn't all four Android phones had LTE data plans and automatic cloud uploads. This way, he was going to be able to recover the video footage even if the package was permanently lost.

    Rober even placed a reference to the film Home Alone directly on the package's shipping label, but it goes unnoticed by every thief in the video. Eventually, the engineer shares a collection of reaction shots from the glitter bomb's cameras, and once it begins working for him on multiple occasions, he passes it on to his friends who have also had online packages stolen from their porches. In every case recorded, the thieves eventually ditch the package without realizing there are four smartphones in it, and Rober is able to recover it.

    You can check out more of Rober's science and design-themed videos on his YouTube channel.

    Article Link: Engineer Builds Glitter Bomb Trap for Package Thieves Out of HomePod Box
     
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    This guy deserves some sort of award lol. This is great.
     
  4. staticline macrumors newbie

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    You are in the US, so why don't you put a Claymore in it and blow the people up? I guess some crazy law permits that ;)
     
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    This is the gosh darn United States of America. The land of the free and the home of the inevitable lawsuit from the thief claiming entrapment and endangerment. A lawsuit in which the thief has a better than 50% chance of winning cuz this is America.
     
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    Watching that video was a great way to start my day!
     
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    Caught that last night. Simultaneously made me so angry and so happy.
     
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    If you liked this video, the rest of Rober's are worth checking out as well. Tons of cool stuff.
     
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    This guy is not only a YouTuber, Mark Rober is also an Apple employee. Google: Mark Rober Apple
     
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    Too bad it didn't spray glitter and superglue. :)
     
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    Hah, yeah, I already saw this and it’s amazing. I believe he is actually a current Apple engineer. Guy is definitely winning at life.
     
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    Dude. Please sell this!!! This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. Love this guy.
     
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    Is stealing packages really that common?

    I like the idea but it seems like a lot of work for not much results. If you want justice, simply hide a gps tracker in the real package and call the police. If you want revenge, spray paint seems like a better punishment. I doubt those thieves will stop stealing after cleaning up that glitter.
     
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    Well that escalated quickly.
     
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    If not sell, at least he should open source the design and code.
     
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    I hope every last one of those pieces of trash are in jail.

    I love the engineering that went into this, but this just makes me hate people even more.
     
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    That's awesome. The craziest thing in my opinion is how many times the package was taken. I've been lucky and never had a package stolen (knocks on all the wood). Looks like this guys area gets hit hard with package thieves.
     
  21. Jerrysalem macrumors newbie

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    Until this happens to you, it isn't really a problem.

    My question is, why take the trouble to pixelate out the faces of the people who took the package?
     
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    you wouldn’t even need the glitter and the stink bombs.

    if I stole a package thinking it was a homepod and ended up with 4 android phones, i’d throw them away too!
     
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    What I'm surprised is not the fact that it gets stolen but he fact that the bloody delivery company leaves it there in the first place!
     
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    I don’t know, that amount of glitter is going to be impossible to clean fully. You’ll be finding it for years! I thought it was almost too cruel, but then they’re probably serial offenders.
     
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    As awesome as that sounds, I’m betting that even a glitter bomb runs afoul of booby trap laws.
     

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