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This guy stole my package from a porch and he's about to open it in his house, hello. But what he doesn't know is that this is the third generation of a new and improved custom-built bait package. That's recording them on four different phones and just released a pound of the world's finest glitter, along with some other nasty surprises, but to understand how we got here. We first have to go back in time a bit because that's when this couple stole a package from my porch and even with the video footage, the police wouldn't do anything.

So i vowed to use my engineering skills to go full home alone on these punks. Not just to avenge my package, but as a tribute to the 2 million packages that are stolen across america every year and because packages are taken most in december for the third year now it's sort of become a christmas time tradition. For me to do my very small part to encourage future would-be porch pirates to choose a different profession in just the most fabulous way possible. So before we see how this year's version fares in the wild, i'm going to first walk you through all the upgrades, my buddy shawn and i have been incorporating into this box over the past year.

For starters, we updated the outer casing this time going for more of a cyber truck aesthetic. You can sort of see the evolution from year to year right here. As part of this, we created an intentional handle here in the hopes that the package thief will grab it, not realizing. We took a page directly from the kevin mcallister home security plan by putting extra sticky glue on the underside.

This is the exact same stuff used in those rodent traps and, as you can see here, it's incredibly strong you'll also notice these two protruding rods. Those are the most critical improvement from last year, but more on that in a second under the hood, we made quite a few changes as well. The fundamentals are still the same where you have a battery-powered, arduino-based microcontroller on a custom, printed circuit board that gives instructions to these four phones, which allows us to record the thief, no matter which side they open it from. But this time we upgraded the brains of the box itself to have its own sim card too.

So we can fully control all the functions of the phone at any time, including remotely triggering sounds to be played on command and you'll. See why that matters in just a bit and this year you'll see not one, not two but four canisters of fart spray. I had the personal goal this year that anyone who opened this box would at least at some point, comment on just how bad it smells stayed with that i'm using the same absolutely wretched formula that almost killed macaulay culkin last year. I still smell it along with just a touch or two of essence of actual skunk, i'm going light on this stuff because it lingers much longer than the fart spray and anything more than a couple drops just wouldn't be cool, and so these cams are turned by Motors which sprays the fart spray and we keep spraying it every 30 seconds, because first of all, it's ridiculous and hilarious, but second and more importantly, so they get rid of the package out of their house before they realize.

There's four phones inside this design feature makes it so we pretty much recover our boxes, 100 of the time from the closest trash can or dumpster. Since we already know the location of the box at all times, due to the gps tracking on the phones. But if the box does get destroyed by a package, stealing glitter hater, all the phones will have already uploaded their footage to the cloud for me to see exactly what happened and then, of course, we've got the main attraction, which is the spinning cup powered by a Motor underneath here, which this year holds 15 more of the finest biodegradable glitter that money can buy, and so then, after opening the box and just like sitting in a daze trying to process what the heck just happened. Well, that's when we start the countdown nine and, of course we know nothing happens when it gets to the end, but having just been covered in glitter and fart spray they're going to be terrified of what this would possibly escalate to next by the time the countdown Ends and then, after the countdown we have the police scanner, but this year we added leds, so it will light up the room in red and blue lights for added ambiance.

This also allows us to illuminate the package these face with white light. In case they open it in a darker setting and then finally, we've got this lid, which still has these two holes with one-way film, so we can record what's going on even before it's opened, as you can see, kevin's older brother buzz has also been working hard. This year he's releasing not just the fictitious buzz buds, but the entire buzz collection, and it's just adorable. When you hear some of these package.

Thieves repeat that in excitement - and this is literally the box we use - but somehow they never bothered to read the side with lots of little words that would totally give the whole thing away, and so now, with the lid in place, you can see the function of Those two rods from earlier, because when the lid slides off, they shoot out which prevents the natural reaction of someone who just quickly put the lid right back on again. This happened quite a bit last year and it just makes it way less fun for nearly everyone involved, and if you look at the cad, you can see how these are designed, such that once the plunger is extended out by this spring. This little floating chunk of steel drops down into this groove, which stops the plunger from being pushed back in. This is just a beautiful passive solution, and the only way to reset them to get the lid back on is to either wave a magnet here which sucks that steel chunk up, thereby allowing the plunger to go back in or to turn the whole thing upside down, Which means the chunk falls out of the groove due to gravity and for the final major design improvement.

Last year it was a hassle for our porch volunteers to have to bring the boxes in and charge them every night and then remember to put them out the next day. It was also a problem if the box got stolen in the late afternoon, because the phone in the box batteries could be pretty low at that point. So this year we made a custom door mat that discreetly plugs in and then inductively charges the box at all times. So it's always ready to go.

So the idea is, after the bad guy, properly disguises himself and then comes sneaking by and steals it off the porch. All the batteries are at 100 charge and the box knows that it's no longer on the mat, so it texts us that it's been stolen and starts, recording and uploading footage and sending us gps updates. So when they eventually get home and take off the lid. The circuit board brain knows it's go time and autonomously sets everything in motion hello.

Now. Is it petty to dedicate an entire year of your life to completely over engineering a box just to shoot a little glitter at someone? Yes, but at the same time could that creation still be just ridiculous and beautiful? Also, yes, so that's glitter bomb 3.0 and if you think this is cool, and you want to support more efforts like this, you can get this super dope hoodie of the wireframe cab model at markrover.com after 10 years of youtubing. I finally got some merch along with a cool new logo, and i can assure you that the money that was clearly saved by using the second rate t-shirt model just went straight into making everything in the store, super, soft and comfortable and to give free returns. And so now all that was left to do was to send these boxes to porches all across america, and thanks to my friends at simply safe who hooked us up with a bunch of cameras, we could monitor everything remotely and then just wait and we didn't have To wait long, our very first box was taken at night and apparently they didn't seem to appreciate the name calling or the quality engineering, because in the morning this is what we found.

So it was one box down, but we still had six backups left. 15. 14. 13: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and while he didn't explicitly mention the smell five, four three, the countdown was certainly pulling its own weight.

This five four three two one activation complete recovery sequence, initiated after a nice fart spray block with their hands. This lady tries to wrestle the lid on in her sink for a solid 10 minutes and eventually exploits our one acutely seal and turns it upside down and she got it. I mean i'm not even mad. That's just impressive hello.

You guys give up. Oh yeah thirsty for more and at this point i'm like how is nobody mentioning the smell, so you can imagine how happy i was to see this six five. Four three two recovery sequence initiated this one was another w for team fart spray. Oh 15, 14.

13. 12. 11. 10.

9. 8. 7. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 activation.

And this one was the perfect harry and marv wet bandit reaction, because not only did his room get dusted with glitter, but he got doused with the fart spray and then freaked out with the countdown and then grabbed it by the mouse glue handle on the way To the dumpster, these guys had suspicions, so they took it outside to open it. I'm sorry i'm sorry, because i don't want anyone to feel totally depressed about humanity after seeing only the bad apples that make it into my video just like last year, we set up a way to showcase the good apples too. So in some cases we left it by an apartment, mailbox and left tons of contact information all over the label and 90 of the people did the right thing and just walked by and didn't take something that didn't belong to them. Then an additional seven percent took it, but they were really trying to do the right thing by locating where it was supposed to go and then calling the number that was listed all over the label and they left them out by the group.

Mailbox really yeah. I'm just like i do not want to leave these there. In those cases we would go retrieve the box from them and typically give them a couple hundred bucks for being so cool. It's only that teensy remaining three percent that get to star in my video and they almost never fit.

My preconceived ocean of what a package thief is like in this case. We had placed it by this mailbox and then randomly a bunch of police showed up to arrest this guy who lived there. Then this teenage kid comes out and grabs the box literally walking past several police officers in the process. Here we're going to actually flush this down the toilet, so no one could find it yeah that feels good.

What clothespin stealing stop don't brag about it? Nothing did you know the kid he would have taken this any one of them. Could i have the buds we'll talk? This is my christmas present merry christmas tree. 15. 14.

13. 12. 11. 10.

9.. Well, it was a joke. It was a glitter bomb, so we won't get in trouble. I'm hopeful the fart spray changes, thoughts on stealing and as we're in the process of putting all these boxes out, i kept getting spammed with all those pre-recorded scam calls.

So i thought how amazing would it be if i could send a glitter bomb to one of those guys, so i called on my buddy jim browning, who has a youtube channel dedicated to reversing the remote connection on scammers computers, in this case getting access to their Cctv footage then disrupting the scam by warning the victim and or their bank, and so by teaming up, we were able to physically intercept two packages that were moments away from being delivered to scammers and then swap them out for glitter bombs have a good holiday, and These packages contained more than ten thousand dollars in cash. They were able to return to their first very confused, but then very grateful owners and it's such a crazy, convoluted story that involves multiple continents, private investigators, the nypd, it's a glitter bomb. It has a camera built into it. There's a camera built into this, but the problem is it's like we rolled over this log and all sorts of interesting stuff came crawling out, so we're still chasing down leads and basically glitter bombing our way through the whole chain of command and don't worry, we're being Cautious and we're appropriate we're working with the authorities.

At any rate, i was planning on putting all that in this video, but the whole situation has taken such a hard right and is still ongoing, that i won't be ready to tell the full story for another couple months and by the way, if you're thinking how Dumb could someone be? I would never send 15 000 in cash through the mail. Just hold your judgment until you hear the full story, the scammers tactics have evolved way beyond just an email from a ian prince, so make sure you're subscribed to my channel and jim's channel. If you want to hear how this whole thing pans out, another new thing we tried this year was because i live near san francisco and cars get broken into all the time up there. I was curious what would happen if we put one in a car seat and the window was busted literally within an hour.

We actually had a camera placed in the car and one across the street, but apparently murphy's law was in full force that day, because the one in the car suddenly got corrupted and stopped recording and then i'm sure, the world's nicest, but unfortunately also the slowest uber Patron got picked up at precisely the worst possible moment. The whole thing took like five seconds total for them to smash the window, grab the box and just be gone. My buddies in the field followed them for a bit in case they were just gon na toss. It out the window until we heard this, the pd is coming.

That's why we left clown. That's why i was moving quick because the pd was coming. I got a gun in the car about time to be driving around. At that point, we decided to stay put and just watch the gps as they drove all around the city streets for about two hours and look besides my theft.

I'm not gon na make any other accusations about them. I mean maybe they're just a group of buddies who love to cruise around together for a couple hours and admire all sorts of different cars, but there's another explanation entirely. That also fits the gps evidence they're just trying to find a bathroom. It's a restaurant.

It's a restaurant either way the batteries were almost dead on the box, so we decided to go with the hail mary option: hey guys. It's me, the headphones box of uploading, a custom sound to the phone to see how they would react. So we don't want any trouble, so you can go ahead and open me and you can have everything inside we'll call it even now. I could take that audio message and text it to the box and then i could listen near real time as the clips were uploaded to the server.

Probably not gon na go, try and get that box back, and so, while i'm left contemplating exactly what just happened, i'll leave you with my favorite reaction from this year: hello, 15, 14. 13. 12. 11.

10. 9. 8. 7.

6. 5. 4. 3.

2. 1. Activation complete. If you look in our freezer you'll see my ice cream well.

Kind of you'll have to first open this bag of frozen vegetables. I camouflage it in, but inside that bag you'll find this cup and lid. I designed now you might be thinking big whoop mark, but let me explain why the whoop is in fact very big, because i can put my ice cream in here and the lid just barely slides on at room temperature. But then, when you let it chill in the freezer for a bit and take it out, the lid is clamped onto the base with 500 pounds of force, thereby protecting it from anyone else in my house who won't realize the trick is just to run room temperature, Water over the lid for about 30 seconds and the reason this works is because the base is made from steel and the lid is made from aluminum and aluminum shrinks more when it gets cold and grows more when it warms up.

This idea just occurred to me. One day, so i made it and that's the thing i love about being an engineer. If you have an idea about a thing and that thing doesn't exist, you can just will it into existence. So here's my big announcement.

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15 thoughts on “Glitterbomb 3.0 vs. porch pirates”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars U-ser-nam-e says:

    "Anything more than a couple of drops just wouldn't be cool." So mousetrap glue is fine but stinky stuff isn't

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kakyoin Noriaki says:

    I DIDNT NOTICE THAT THIS VIDEO WAS POSTED ON THE EXACT SAME DATE OF MY BIRTHDAY HOLY MOLY!!!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ProxUrAimz says:

    Ye but also what genius idea is it to just leave a package out on a street and not deliver it to an actual person like normal courier services do?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jake Soldat says:

    The waiting fedelini undeniably tick because verse noteworthily squeal a a xenophobic closet. accessible, marked sphynx

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zehkiel says:

    Gotta disagree on the skunk essence. Give those thieves a gift that keeps on giving all year

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yiming Chen says:

    You should probably try to get that box back and get the story behind it…

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shrsk lawliet says:

    Woman: This is my Christmas!
    opens the box
    Box: MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU FILTHY ANIMAL!!!
    That was perfect!😂

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yara Studies says:

    Thank you for making me learn more about science and engineering ! And also people like you could change the world for the better ❤️ !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Demonskid says:

    My friend needs one of these.. her packages get stolen all the time, and where she lives, she hardly ever gets reimbursed because they blame her for not being home/at the door at the time of delivery.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lixiang Yang says:

    I hate glitters! I don't know how to clean it up! It's somewhat nasty for me because I don't know how to clean it up! But it looks beautiful. It would be be so much better if I know how to clean it up!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob says:

    Next year you should make one where you can actually put stuff in it

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dark Sav says:

    Box stealer: awwww s***

    The box: YOU GUYS GIVE UP OR U ARE THIRSTY FOR MORE!!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RickyRoy Visions says:

    They are thieves committing a federal crime… Why do you care about it being "not cool" for using too much skunk juice?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zoe Boychuk says:

    You should patient that ice cream anti theft holder, you could make millions off of that, if you don’t want to it’s fine but just saying

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Dopple says:

    you give them 4 phones, and in exchange they get a bit of glitter on their carpet? lol

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