The Touchless Trashcan
An AI controlled robotic trashcan with infra-red sensors would once have
been the stuff of science fiction. Today it's an affordable household
we can buy online!
What Is The Touchless Trashcan?
The Touchless Trashcan is, as the name suggests, a household
waste bin that can be used without the need for physical contact. This
appeals to those
who are worried about hygene and is also of practical benefit when one's
hands are full. During the recent SARS outbreak eight hospitals in
China ordered Touchless
Trashcans to help reduce the risk of transmission.
In the US the Touchless Trashcan is distributed by iTouchless.
The basic model is available to buy in a variety of sizes from a 7
gallon volume to a
massive 22 gallon commercial capacity. Other models include the NX with
an optional AC adaptor to save on battery use, the SX with a space
saving lid, and the
smaller TX unit designed for bathroom or table-side use.
How Does It Work?
The Touchless Trashcan uses a short-range infra-red sensor. This detects
movement at a distance of six inches and the built in micro-chip
opens the lid, closing it again when it's no longer required. The new
2007 version included enhanced technology including improved AI,
"SilenX" quiet opening and
closing technology and a water resistant sensor with a "Point-n-Lock
Beam". That's one smart trashcan!
Of course we humans still like to think we're in ultimate control, so
the Touchless Trashcan includes manual operation and an on/off switch.
Maybe one day a waste bin will say: "Dave, my mind is going".
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