Have you ever received a shipped parcel that you could tell was handled the same way a cat handles a cornered mouse? This neat little gizmo now lets you check the status of the parcel before you even open the box.
The DropTag from Cambridge Consultants is an ingenious device that gets inserted into a shipped parcel and uses Bluetooth to communicate with a smartphone app. When the DropTag comes into range of a smartphone running the app, the user can check how much the package was bumped around during shipping. This opens up a whole new world for online shipping, as you wouldn't sign for a package if you saw it was mishandled in transit. The DropTag is currently under development, but could see a commercial release in the near future.
I need to get my hands on one of these before I check my next bag at the airport.