Trash can reborn as cute Android robot

Right now, we're visualizing an army of these things rolling toward Apple's headquarters.

Trash can Android robot
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If you've always wanted that little Android icon on your phone to come to life, there's hope. Someone from Taiwan has built himself an Android robot--made from a painted garbage can.

Despite its trashy origins, the wheeled robot certainly looks adorable with its rotating arms and LED lights for eyes. All of these actions are controlled via an external remote control. There's even a little port at the back to charge the machine.

This little fella was built using Arduino, an open-source microcontroller board for developing interactive objects. The microcontroller takes commands from the remote control and sends them to the switches used to control the lights and motors of the robots.

Additionally, it has a little screen in front that reads:

Screen on trash can robot
Hi! I'm Android, ready to go! M.I.C. Gadget

The project took three days to finish and cost about $104. Right now, we're visualizing an army of these things rolling toward Apple's headquarters.

back of trash can robot
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Here's the video of the little robot in action. Try not to laugh too hard around 3:28.

(Source: Crave Asia via M.I.C. Gadget)
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