Smart trash can catches your garbage for you

Don't have the best aim? Don't worry. This modded wastebasket is hungry for trash and proactive about feeding itself.

No aim? No problem. This waste basket is also a wide receiver. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

A Japanese inventor appears to have put an awful lot of effort into enabling laziness. A modder going by the handle of "FRP" looks to have designed a mobile wastebasket that can ambulate around to catch any falling (preferably with a high arc) trash you toss in its general direction.

FRP replaced the bottom of the can with some wheels attached to something similar to an Arduino board. On the other end of the system is a wall-mounted Kinect that watches for flying debris, calculates the landing spot, and then sends the can to catch the garbage like an outfielder going after some rookie's pop-up.

Although I haven't been able to verify the video below, it certainly looks convincing. The can is able to field just about any underhand toss at short range, it seems. This innovation is a game-changer for those of us with terrible aim, but it's completely tragic for dogs everywhere waiting for dropped table scraps.

(Via Gizmag)

 

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