Awesome Stuff: Rethinking The... Trash Can?

from the rethink-everything dept

One of the reasons I really like doing these awesome stuff posts each week, looking at a series of crowdfunding projects, is that even when some of the projects are a little nutty, it's interesting to see where and how people are trying to innovate and be creative. Sometimes it's in unexpected places. For example, this week, it's trash cans -- an area that I never thought needed much innovation at all.
  • Swing Bin
    The Swing Bin is a very simple, but rather elegant trash bin. I can't quite get over the overwrought language used by its creator, or his exceptionally dramatic narration in the video, in which he talks about how perfecting this trashcan was so difficult he "once gave up, but then I found so many people waiting expectantly." I mean, it's a nice looking trash can -- so nice that people might actually put it out where people can see it rather than hide it. But that doesn't mean anyone was waiting on him to create it.
  • The Smart Can
    With a name like the Smart Can, I was expecting something with a bit more "smarts." But it turns out this is just a different way to get a big kitchen trash bag out of the trash can without having to pull the bag up. I'll be honest, I never realized that pulling the bag out of the trashcan was a real problem for anyone (at home we tend to solve this by tossing the inside trash into the big outdoor trash every day). But, apparently someone thinks it's a problem. Even so, I'm not convinced this solution is actually any better. Rather than lift the bag out of the can, you now have to lift the can around the bag. Kinda seems like the same basic issues will remain. You're still lifting something up high. Either way, it's interesting to see people trying something different...
That's it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, and please, take out the trash.
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    Toro, 13 Sep 2014 @ 3:13pm

    Swing can back to the drawing board

    Such a problem in production the swing can.
    You would think someone would have noticed that you loose half the depth of the can with the lid swinging in.

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