Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why theTrashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but it’s surprisingly cool and clever.
Created in Pittsburgh by Vaish Krishnamurthy and CMU professor Koushil Sreenath, the Trashbot is basically made of a series of ramps. When metal or other materials touch sensitive plates the ramps switch and lead the trash into the proper receptacle. The team is part of HAX and have raised $100,000 to build a very simple – but working – prototype.