technology: July 2012 Archives
We've all tried throwing rubbish into a bin, only to see it land on the floor. But while you might have brushed it off as a bad throw, a Japanese inventor took it as a professional challenge.
As a result he decided to create a robot bin which moves around the floor to catch rubbish thrown at it.
The Smart Trashbox uses a Kinect-style 3D motion tracking camera to track rubbish thrown at it, while a battery and motorised wheels make sure it's there to catch it.
A video which shows the development of the Smart Trashbox has become a YouTube hit and been viewed by more than two million people.