Mark Rober really loves building things. So when this home electronics tinker discovered that some neighborhoods scratched by Amazon packages from the porch, he did what a self-respected former NASA engineer would do: He built a glitter bomb designed to look like an Apple Apple HomePod box, and he built it to capture video of the whole thing.
This was not an amateur affair. Rober spent six months designing and testing different bait packages, including cameras and different glitter dispersion methods. He used a 3D printer, a customized circuit board, GPS and four phones with cameras. Oh, and speed spray. Seriously. The spray spray is really what puts this thing over the top.
The video, which is on YouTube, shows exactly how Rober took it off. And he even lends the device to friends who also had packages stolen.
If it seems strange that Rober spent six months on this thing, I learn at the end that the video is sponsored by NordVPN. So it makes sense that the production values are quite damn good.
Yes, it's an ad, but it's pretty good as far as ads go. And in a world where everything is rubbish, we'll take a cool ad over creepy reality a few days.