The Smart Trash Can which moves autonomously to catch garbage tossed to the air was shown during the Japan Media Arts Festival on February. The technology, developed by Minoru Kurata, an engineer at a Japanese auto maker, won the Excellence Award during the event.
The technology involves sensors which detects the position of the trash in mid-air and sends the information to a PC which calculates where the object will fall and communicates with the bin via wireless connection which will “catch” the trash from midair.
Though right now, the probability that the trash will be caught by the bin is only about 10 to 20%, Minoru Kurata has received inquiries about its commercial availability.
“The probability that the trash will go in is not very high, only 10-20%. Even making full use of the current sensor, it still has errors. So I’d like to improve the success rate. I want to either improve the sensor, or upgrade the control by reducing the error through a program.”