Mark Rober really loves to build things. So when this home electronics tinkerer discovered that some neighborhood thieves were ripping off Amazon packages from his porch, he did what any self-respecting former NASA engineer would do: He built a glitter bomb made to look like a boxed-up Apple HomePod, and he built it to capture video of the entire thing.
This wasn’t some amateur affair. Rober spent six months designing and testing different bait package set-ups that included cameras and various glitter dispersal methods. He used a 3D-printer, a custom-printed circuit board, GPS, and four phones with cameras. Oh, and fart spray. Seriously. The fart spray is really what puts this thing over the top.
“Rather than go full vigilante, Rober did something far more brilliant: He built a custom made “glitter bomb” inside a fake Amazon package.”
That’s right, once the thieves opened the stolen package, their car or homes would be assaulted by one full point of glitter and a fart spray device that emitted a synthetic gaseous smell every 30 seconds. And it would be posted online for the world to see.
Just to make it a little sweeter, and to give any pop culture adept thieves a fighting chance, he even created a fake return address using the names and location of the original “Home Alone” movie.
The whole process took Rober 6 months of designing, planning and testing.
And yes, it was worth every second.
Before heading off to confront his first victim, Rober makes it clear, “this is not a prank channel.” But go ahead and laugh to your heart’s content.
And remember, never, ever steal someone’s Amazon delivery. Especially if the delivery address says “Mark Rober.”
The video, which is up on YouTube, shows just how Rober pulled it off. And he even lends the device to friends who also had packages stolen.
If it seems weird that Rober spent six months on this thing, you’ll learn at the end that the video is sponsored by NordVPN. So it makes sense that the production values are pretty damn good.
Update, 2:03pm: Below is a YouTube video from Sean Hodgins, who helped Rober build the glitter bomb. He goes into some of the details of how this thing works.