Order stuff online enough and you’ll end up with a package that contains broken goods. You really don’t have to look further than your local UPS or FedEx man to assign responsiblity, especially when they negligently toss packages over security doors or drop them into the back of the truck like a sack of dirty laundry. And once you’ve opened said package, it’s not as simple to send it back. So wouldn’t it be nice to know if your delivery has already been mishandled in transit? But how? There is no crystal ball or magic mirror that lets you look back into the past. Or is there?
Enter the DropTag from Cambridge Consultants. The Bluetooth 4.0 powered tag adheres to the package and tracks drops, shakes, and any sudden jerks, presumably using an accelerometer. When the package arrives to your doorstep, you simply turn on your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device, fire up the accompanying app, and within seconds you’ll be able to see what kind of abuse your goods received in transit.
Hopefully the DropTag can be placed on the inside of the box, otherwise there is a good chance that the delivery man would remove it in the event of abuse. Also, since they have a raw goods cost of about $2 (inclusive of the watch battery that is said to be good for up to a few weeks), you’d more than likely be absorbing the added overhead, though it could very well be an add-on feature, similar to tracking or insurance options as found at your local post office.
I suggest you take a gander at the company’s product video above. Keep in mind that they have yet to sign on a vendor, though a FedEx deal or any of the like would surely make them a success.