After the USPS announced it will be ceasing the delivery of mail on Saturdays this summer. we were relived to hear that only meant letters and not packages. We have a feeling there are going to be a few unhappy USPS employees who may accidentally drop your box on their foot as they’re attempting to kick a soccer ball at the same time, which could result in some serious damage to your package. If there was only a way for people to know if their packages have been banged up before they sign for it. Oh wait – there is.
Cambridge Consultants have come up with the DropTag, which is a tag that is attached to the outside of a package to detect a drop, kick, dropkick or any other violent motion and transfers that data via Bluetooth 4.0 to a mobile app.
The DropTag is powered by a battery similar to a watch’s that can power the device for a number of weeks, which makes it perfect for those super-slow shipping methods that help us save a couple of bucks. It’s also cheap enough to manufacture, costing only $2 in materials, which means shipping services could include them when items are being shipped out for an additional charge.
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