The Smart Trashbox Is Perfect for the Neatness-challenged
Did you see what I did there? “Neatness-challenged”! How much more politically correct can you be?
Let’s call a spade a spade, and say that there are people who might be awesome but are slobs at home – plain and simple. Now I am not a neatness freak, but I do like the floor clean and free of pieces of paper, plastic wrappers, or whatever little bit of trash.
Of course, having a good aim might be somehow related to the neatness of your room. Paper Toss might have improved some people’s skills in this regard, but wouldn’t it be handy to have a trash bin that knows exactly where your
trash projectile is going to land?
Enter the Smart Trashbox.
As the name implies, the Smart Trashbox is no ordinary bin. It was specially designed and created by some Japanese genius guy who, presumably, is sick and tired of missing the target every time he chucks a crumpled piece of paper into the air. Or a beer can.
I stumbled upon the Smart Trashbox video, which is unfortunately in Japanese, and I found – still do, actually – rather impressive. It seems that I am not alone as the video has almost has 2 million views on YouTube!
Based on my limited understanding of engineering blah blah, it seems that the guy designed his own circuit board (some serious capacitors in the video, you’ll see later) to control the base of the trash bin. This base moves around, thanks to the wheels installed.
The Smart Trashbox is controlled by a PS2 controller, with what look like AA batteries installed on the bin’s base.
To be honest, while I am very much interested in the Smart Trashbox (yes, I do miss my target a lot), I am not entirely sure about the underlying principles of how it can anticipate where the trash will land. Any Japanese speakers out there?
Here’s the video demo of the Smart Trashbox.
Via The Mirror