A former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who've fallen victim to a new wave of doorstep delivery theft. In a video he called "Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap," Rober shows how he spent six months designing the ultimate trap.
The video, which was sponsored by NordVPN, received more than 4 million views since being posted on Dec. 17, 2018.
Like they say, revenge is a dish best served cold, and in this case it's much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter. The engineer spent up to six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter in an elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen a delivery from his doorstep from Amazon.
The 38 year old who is known to have helped design the U. S space agency's Curiosity Rover, said in the video he posted on his channel, that his engineering experience left him well-placed to "take a stand" after police left him feeling "powerless."
Thieves and so-called porch pirates who are known to steal packages off people's doorsteps — have become an increasing issue.
"If anyone was going to make a revenge ... package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me," Rober who spent nine years with NASA said.
Many Americans say they've suffered from missing or stolen delivery orders, according to a survey by Xfinity Home, Comcast's home security service and authorities have been slow to respond.
Mark Rober displayed his engineered glitter bomb trap, which included four smart phones, a tube of fart spray and a cup of glitter. It showed how Rober connected four phones to a GPS-connected circuit board inside an Apple box. Once removed from a home by a would-be thief, the geo-tracking would alert Rober while also triggering the phones to begin recording and uploading footage to the cloud.
Rober described the package prank as his "Magnum Opus," which is Latin for great work, or masterpiece. When the box's lid was lifted, it sets off a can of "fart spray" and a centrifugal motor attached to a cup of glitter, prompting comical responses from the thieves.
The four camera's within the bomb device is responsible for capturing a thief's reaction to his trap.
This engineer kept up with the holiday season by drawing inspiration from his fellow prankster, "Home Alone's" Kevin McCallister, including his name on the box's fake delivery label.
"If the thief wasn't in such a hurry they'd see that the package is actually coming from my childhood hero and the inspiration for this project," he jokingly told his viewers. "So the moral of the story is, just don't take other people's stuff."