‘Tis the season to be sending gifts. Whether you’re waiting on that last-second gift to arrive or receiving a present from a loved one, you’ve probably been refreshing those tracking numbers all month. The United States Postal Service has come up with a cool holiday keepsake that visually notifies you when a package is near. The Most Wonderful Ornament changes colors as your shipment status updates.
Here’s how it goes down. USPS uses a cellular radio and a sensor within a designated package to track the status as it moves from retailer to final destination. The ornament lights up blue when it is out for delivery, changes to red when the package has been delivered and finally switches to green when the box has been opened. It can be plugged into your lights or attached to a USB port for power. Sadly, The Most Wonderful Ornament is only in a trial beta this year, but if all goes to plan it will be full-scale by next Christmas.
This season, we’re introducing an innovative way to experience the joy of gift giving. The Most Wonderful Ornament™ kit from United States Postal Service® tracks your Domestic Priority Mail® holiday package from your tree or desk. You’ll know when your package has been sent, delivered and—for the first time ever—opened by the recipient.