Finally, a Trash Can on Wheels That Automatically Catches Your Trash

Every once in a while, a technological innovation so advanced comes along that we, as a society, might as well just take a break from trying to invent anything else for a few years.

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Every once in a while, a technological innovation so advanced comes along that we, as a society, might as well just take a break from trying to invent anything else for a few years. It’s like, what’s the point?

The most recent of these marvels is an autonomous trash can on wheels that communicates wirelessly with what appears to be Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect camera to position itself underneath pieces of garbage you toss in its general vicinity.

According to DigInfo TV, “This Smart Trash Can, developed by Minoru Kurata, an engineer at a Japanese auto maker, won an Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.” According to me, “This Smart Trash Can, developed by Minoru Kurata, an engineer at a Japanese auto maker, should win a Nobel Prize.” I don’t care if they have to create a new prize category.

In the above video, we can see Kurata tossing crumpled paper up into the air while the trash can swiftly springs into action like a punt returner, outfielder, or Double Dare contestant trying to catch a raw egg in a bowl attached to his or her helmet during a physical challenge.

“Surely, there are drawbacks!” you bellow, grabbing both sides of your computer screen as though you’re trying to shake some sense into your drunken roommate when two single members of the opposite sex show up at your apartment unexpectedly. Yes, there are drawbacks.

For starters, the can has to have a low enough center of gravity that it doesn’t tip over. We’re talking about small, office-friendly wastebaskets here, so your dreams of dropping a Hefty bag full of a week’s worth of trash from your third-story window down to the sidewalk below haven’t yet been realized. (YET.)

Secondly, “The probability that the trash will go in is not very high; only 10-20%,” Kurata says. “I want to either improve the sensor, or upgrade the control by reducing the error through a program.”

Kurata is working to patent the technology for the Smart Trash Can, so we’ll hopefully see this as a commercial product someday. Even at 10-20% accuracy, I’d rip a hole in my pants pocket trying to get my wallet out quickly enough to place an order.

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The award-winning Smart Trash Can moves autonomously to catch your trash [DigInfo TV]

19 comments
tempstwalter
tempstwalter

@mlanting Einde van het #basketball ? #technologicalinnovation

gustojunk
gustojunk

@jnack @getwired this product will do great in offices hiring GenY trophy kids :). I might have to buy a couple.

w8eens
w8eens

altijd al willen hebben!! “@mlanting:Finally, a Trash Can on Wheels That Automatically Catches Your Trash http://t.co/95v70OJh

chilledwil
chilledwil

“@TIME: Game changer: New trash can on wheels automatically catches your trash ”looks like I won't miss for much longer. @melrivel

ccarroquino
ccarroquino

Sure, why not? Ultimate lazy gadget. @TIME: Game changer: New trash can on wheels automatically catches your trash | http://t.co/f0TP9Tip

etellurian
etellurian

@TIME how much SE will it create? Basket ball hoops for guys like me who can't throw a ball as well as some?

YadGarcha
YadGarcha

@TIME Trash can on wheels a game changer? Who are you kidding? This is not a problem that needs a solution.

Taaanj
Taaanj

The floor? “@danieleis: Finally, an amazing trash can that can keep up w/ my bad aim, and my 9-year-old's bad habits http://t.co/aXLbMlt4

kliqzero
kliqzero

GTFO what “@danieleis: Finally an amazing trash can that can keep up with my bad aim, and my 9-year-old's bad habits http://t.co/s02EV70i