Thursday, December 15, 2016

New App is 'Freezin' Awesome!'

The Postal Service’s holiday website offers a free multi-media animated augmented reality smartphone (AR) app that builds excitement among senders and recipients of gifts mailed in Priority Mail boxes.

The app adds that special touch by delivering cheer when mailing and receiving holiday gifts via Priority Mail. In addition to offering this entertaining app, allows you to buy stamps, order free boxes, schedule a free package pickup, find Post Office and collection box locations and determine mailing dates.

The App is easy to set-up

From a link on, download the free “USPS AR” app to your smartphone.

Once you open the app, align the brackets on your phone screen with the blue “track and insured” shield on a Postal Service Priority Box to trigger the experience.

The app creates an entertaining smartphone digital experience. There also are buttons at the bottom of the screen that allow you to take a still photo or a video of the experience with friends and family as it happens so that you can save it, send it, and even share it on social media.

The Experiences

For senders, there is a choice of animated messages designed to build excitement for the gift being mailed — a reindeer tangled in Christmas tree lights or a penguin and other wildlife huddled near an igloo.

For recipients, imagine a grandmother receiving a photo or video on her smartphone of her grandchild thanking her after opening a holiday gift. Recipients can easily do this with a choice of animated messages to say “Thank You” that can include a snowman or dancing or gingerbread characters.

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