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October 15th, 2004
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usability of trash cans
Interesting usability side effect of the new robotic trash cans that have been distributed around Ann Arbor...

I can no longer tell by looking down my street whether or not the garbage truck has already been there.

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From:ex_erikvolso370
Date:October 15th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
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If they're like the ones in St. Louis, you can. They'll be in neater rows with the lids closed before pickup, and not so neat with the lids open after pickup.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 15th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
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well, as far as the first week went, they started out randomly arranged at the ends of driveways with lids closed and they ended up randomly arranged at the ends of driveways with the libs closed.
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From:bjorng
Date:October 15th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
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In what way are these trash cans robotic? Do they take themselves to the curb? If so, I hope they have big stompy legs and not little efficient wheels.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 18th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
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In what way are these trash cans robotic? Do they take themselves to the curb? If so, I hope they have big stompy legs and not little efficient wheels.

*grin*

no, these are robotic in that they are designed to couple with the trash truck so that it can lift them robotically instead of a person. I haven't seen it happen, so I can't give any more of a description than that. They have wheels, but they are relatively big wheels...
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From:bjorng
Date:October 18th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, what a letdown. ;-) I guess we have the same robotic trashcans in my new neighborhood.

Here's hoping they get robotic legs of some kind in the forseeable future. Actually, this makes me think of a really stupid halloween costume idea. :)
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