A Box With A Hidden Video Camera Documents Journey Through The Mail

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[Source: Ruben van der Vleuten via Vimeo]

[Source: Ruben van der Vleuten via Vimeo]

Ever wondered what it was like to be a parcel? No? Silly you. Ruben van der Vleuten thinks you should know. So he’s made a video from a parcel’s point of view.

The inquisitive Industrial and Interaction designer had three questions about mail delivery:

What happens when you send something by mail?
What happens in between you sending it off and someone else receiving it?
What people and processes are involved and how many steps does it take?

Of course, he could probably get these answers through a series of interviews and internet searches. But instead, he placed a small camera in a box with an Arduino-run timer circuit to record a 3 second video each minute and longer videos while the box was being handled. And then he shipped it.

I like his method better, because now we have this really cool video to watch.

From A to B from Ruben van der Vleuten on Vimeo.

[Source: Ruben van der Vleuten via Vimeo]

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

Discussion — 14 Responses

  • parrothead0333 May 4, 2013 on 1:01 pm

    This looks like one of those videos they use to run on Sesame Street

  • Michael Banks May 4, 2013 on 3:28 pm

    That was amazing…. loved watching the package move across the conveyer network.

    Imagine if customs had of opened it… WTF !!! 😉

  • Gilles Aldrin May 5, 2013 on 2:15 am

    that was made in the netherlands, right?

  • Michael Fons May 5, 2013 on 11:15 am

    you should do it again with 6 cameras, one on each side of the box

    • Ormond Otvos Michael Fons May 5, 2013 on 2:08 pm

      I’m guessing he edited out the pix of post office employees spliffing it out in the back rooms…

  • Kevin Pierce May 7, 2013 on 6:47 pm

    OMG wirez ina box… izza BOMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4ndy May 10, 2013 on 1:59 pm

    I found it more interesting when someone sent a similar package to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London a month before that video: http://www.bitnik.org/assange/

  • Shiro Masuyama May 10, 2013 on 4:40 pm

    I did the same thing as an art work 5 years ago.
    Shiro MASUYAMA

  • Luminita Ratiu May 14, 2013 on 9:59 am

    🙂 That´s nice!

  • Joshua Vizzacco May 29, 2013 on 1:07 pm

    This would be a great intro to a feature length film. Reminded me of an ‘Ocean’s 11’ or ‘Snatch’ / ‘lock stock’ style film.

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