Now you can “be present” when your gift to someone else is received and opened.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Whether it’s a holiday, a special occasion or simply “just because,” many folks find the act of giving to be much more enjoyable (and gratifying, of course) than actually receiving a new toy, accessory or gadget themselves. However, when the giver and its intended recipient live far from one another, it gets a bit more difficult to experience the moment of unboxing. And so, FROLIC hopes to bridge that gap with their new project Omni Present.
Andrew Spitz, who happens to be the co-founder of the Dutch design studio, has a mother who lives in France. Despite being in separate countries, Spitz wanted to create a way to “be there” when his mom opened his package to her. With this in mind, the aptly named smart packaging system was devised to connect gift senders to its receivers as if they were both in the same place at the same time.
When the present is opened, exposure to light triggers a sensor inside to automatically dial the mobile phone of the sender. The sender can then communicate with the recipient through the package in real-time, enabling them to share the experience together.
The fully-functional prototype was brought to life using an Arduino Nano (ATmega328), an Adafruit FONA Mini Cellular GSM module and some custom electronics. Once completed, the team shipped it out into the world to be tested, which was very well received — especially by Spitz’s mother in France.
Interested in learning more? Head over to the project’s official page, or watch it in action below.