|Engineer Mark Rober designed an elaborate revenge package that turns|
porch pirates' lives into a glittery, stinky mess
You know, they are the legions of creeps and idiots out there who see packages delivered to porches, doorsteps and whatnot and help themselves to them.
It's a huge problem, and everybody who has victimized has revenge fantasies against the porch pirates.
Who doesn't love that surveillance camera footage of a porch pirate running off with a package, slipping on the home's muddy lawn, and painfully falling and breaking her leg.
I'm guessing none of these revenge fantasies is extensive as the one a guy named Mark Rober had.
He's a former NASA engineer who worked on the Curiosity rover, which explored Mars a few years back. So Rober knows how to design stuff.
Rober took design to a whole new level to combat porch pirates. Or at least make them pay.
He spent six months designing a package that, when opened by thieves, causes a big explosion of very fine glitter that gets all over and into everything. The glitter is so extensive that it will make a permanent part of the porch pirates' home or car, wherever they opened the package
Rober's bait package also emits repeated mists of fart spray. Really!
|A view of Rober's glitter bomb exploding.|
Plus, it's designed with cameras that start recording when the package is stolen, and captures the reaction of the thieves in all their glitter-covered glory. The viral video you'll see below is a bit long and involved, but it's certainly worth watching the whole thing.
There is a segment in the middle of the video that shows a slow motion view of when the glitter explodes. It's really quite pretty. I don't know what the porch pirates are complaining about in the video.
It's interesting to watch all the contigencies and design elements he put into this package, which gives you a window into how smart engineers work. Then, toward the end, we see the glitter explosions after the porch pirates have stolen these boxes.
I wonder if it will make these people rethink their line of work. I don't know that it will, but it certainly makes their "job" more complicated. Here's the video: