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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    Rekrul, 13 Sep 2014 @ 5:46pm

    The Swing Bin is just a restyling of a design that's existed for years. My kitchen garbage can has a lid that works like that. It doesn't seal quite as well and the whole top comes off rather than just lid, but it works exactly the same way. Put in trash, the lid opens down, remove your hand, and gravity closes it.

    I'm surprised that nobody created a "smart" trash can that weighs your garbage and emails you the weekly totals, or that keeps track of how many bags you've used and automatically orders more. Maybe it sends an alert to the garbage men when the weight exceeds a certain amount.

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