DustBot Video Shows Robotic Future Of Trash

Take a look at this video for DustBot, a recycling robot extraordinaire. DustBot will respond to a cellphone summons to come directly to your home.


(DustBot video)

DustBot is built on the Segway Robot Mobility Platform and uses GPS to find its way around.

In his 1959 short story Robot Justice, Harry Harrison wrote about a far more evolved robotic trash can that takes planetary cleanliness to an even higher level; it is even able to detect such unhygienic behavior as spitting on the sidewalk..

Even as the saliva hit the spotless sidewalk, a waste can twenty feet away stirred into life. It rotated on hidden wheels and soundlessly rolled towards him.

A flexible arm licked out and quickly swabbed the sidewalk clean. Then the can squatted like a mechanical Buddha while a speaker rasped to life in its metal insides. A tinny mechanical voice addressed Carl.

"Carl Tritt, you have violated Local Ordinance #bd-14-668 by expectorating on a public sidewalk. The sentence is two days. (Read more about the Robotic Trash Can)

Via Spectrum.

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