Mark Rober spent six months designing a "bomb" that would activate when the package containing it was stolen, firing glitter and fart-smelling spray on the thief.
He made a decision to take action after the police said they were unable to investigate the case.
Have you ever had a package stolen from the front porch?
A new viral video shows a NASA engineer making a trapped package to combat porch pirates, and it's probably one of the best videos you'll see all day. The device also takes cellphone video of the culprits, uploads the footage to the cloud and can be tracked by Global Positioning System.
Champions League last-16 draw: how and where to watch
Salihamidzic said, quoted by UEFA.com: " Liverpool are the hottest team right now and top of the Premier League table. While Mauricio Pochettino's men beat Peter Bosz' Dortmund twice in last season's Champions League group stage.
The bomb is harmless unless you consider fart spray and copious amounts of glitter to be harmful. A Global Positioning System tracker in the phones would let him know where a package ultimately ended up.
The device, which was stolen on several occasions, managed to record the thieves using the smartphones' cameras and microphones. 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 box is complete with a return address for Kevin McCallister, the Home Alone boy played by Macaulay Culkin who left a series of traps to thwart would be burgles, Harry and Marv. The phones are housed in a container that doesn't immediately reveal what they are and, as a lovely cherry on top, there's a fart spray that gets deployed five times every thirty seconds. Rober concludes, "So the moral of the story is, just don't take other people's stuff".
The package is created to look as real as possible, but a close inspection of the label reveals a subtle pop culture reference (and the inspiration behind Rober's prank).
- Gary Neville criticizes Manchester United over treatment of this star!
- In Capitol, Bush remembered as 'great man' and 'gentle soul'
- Huawei Nova 4 Launched With In-Display Selfie Camera, 48MP Rear Camera
- Fed likely to raise rates in December
- Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria
- Clippers going all-out with recruitment of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant
- Comey set for closed-door interview with House Republicans
- Rep. Mark Meadows Under Consideration for Trump Chief of Staff
- Worldwide Markets: Stocks cheered by Trump exchange talk; sterling hooks off lows
- US charges former Flynn business partner with secret lobbying for Turkey