Rober, a former NASA engineer who worked on the Curiosity rover, put his smarts to a more earthly concern recently: stopping jerks who pilfer holiday package deliveries.
YouTuber Mark Rober had enough after police couldn't help him, so he spent six months preparing a fake Apple HomePod package to tempt thieves. With GPS tracking, Rober was able to pick it up and reset the trap.
He said he created the bomb to explode when thieves tried to take packages off his porch.
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AdvertisementThe ex-NASA engineer designed a series of revenge-bait packages that looked like HomePods - but showered unsuspecting thieves with glitter and deadly doses of fart spray.
Rober tested the box out, and recieved a notification while he was at work that the glitter bomb box had been taken.
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Earlier this year, Rober caught thieves stealing one of his Amazon packages on tape, but when he presented the video evidence to the cops, they said it wasn't worth their time to pursue. Rober continues, "I just wanted to record their reaction, and that's what makes the engineering here an order of magnitude more hard ... it's not like you can just hit record camera and put it in the box because you're going to run out of battery ..."
The device goes off as soon as the package is opened, spraying a colossal amount of glitter everywhere.
The video, which is up on YouTube, shows just how Rober pulled it off.
Before the phones could be discovered, a touch of the package activated a mechanism that dispatched the fart spray.
'Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side, you'll never find yourself in this situation'.