If you’re anything like me, you spend more time checking notifications and tracking deliveries than you do shopping online, but what if you’re not the only one watching your front door?
What if a low-life porch bandit decides to STEAL your package?
Well, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a friend as brilliant, crafty and hilarious as the guy I’m about to introduce.
Meet Mark Rober, engineer, inventor and YouTube celebrity. When Rober shared video surveillance of an Amazon package being stolen from his front porch with police, they pretty much laughed in his face.
So, he did what any former NASA engineer would do: He built the most elaborate and amazing “revenge package” you’ve ever seen and disguised it as an Apple HomePod.
Watch as Rober gives glitter bomb thieves exactly what they deserve.
Using a 3D-printer, a custom-printed circuit board, GPS tracking and four cameras (each with wide angle filming), Rober and his buddy, Sean Hodgins, spent a total of six months testing different bait package set-ups and designing a payback bomb that disperses a shit-ton of multicolored glitter in an exploding, circular motion when opened.
And just for kicks, Rober threw in a can of fart spray and fastened it to a motor that pumps out five consecutive shots every thirty seconds (or until the thieves throw the package out of their car or house so they could retrieve it and catch another criminal in the act).
But wait, there’s more.
They even went so far as to shrink-wrap the package with a label from Kevin McCallister (using the same address where Home Alone was shot). Sadly, the harried thieves were too busy stealing to get the joke.
According to Rober, the custom printed circuit board is the brains behind the device. It comes with an accelerometer that checks the GPS signal to see if it’s been moved from the porch. Once moved, the system sends a signal to all the phones to wake up and start recording—and that’s when the fun begins.
Best of all, thanks to the pre-packaged aerosol flatulence, none of the thieves realized they were being recorded by the four smartphones hidden inside, and Rober was able to recover his masterpiece and share it with friends.
It’s only a matter of time before he sells them on Amazon and brings his revenge full circle.