London's Shutting Down Those Creepy, Phone-Tracking "Smart" Trash Cans

As quickly as it began, the UK's long national nightmare of spying trash cans is over. Within days of reporting that the city's "smart bins" would be equipped with smartphone-tracking software, Quartz has confirmed that city officials are shutting the whole thing down. » 8/12/13 9:54am 8/12/13 9:54am

Brave New Garbage: London's Trash Cans Track You Using Your Smartphone

Remember the "smart" trash cans that popped up around London a few years ago? Placed throughout the city, the LCD-equipped cans broadcast info and ads (mainly ads) to passersby. Now, the company that makes them is testing new functionality for the two-year-old devices, allowing them to track and analyze the signals from… » 8/09/13 11:00am 8/09/13 11:00am

The Olympics Will Have Bombproof Trash Cans with LCD Screens

Trash cans are the eye sores of city life, like the grimy physical manifestation of popped pimples overflowing with bags and Chinese takeout ooze. The Olympics? A magnifying glass on a city's life. That's why it's not surprising to see a city (in this case, London) introduce new, stylish trash cans as a quick makeover. … » 2/07/12 5:40pm 2/07/12 5:40pm

R2D2 Trash Can Gladly Accepts Your Garbage

R2D2 sold out. Not only was his name and likeness used in a projector (that I had to walk really far to get pictures of at CES, thank you very much) and a Pepsi dispenser, but now he's whoring himself out as a garbage can. For shame. The lid opens by stomping on his middle foot thing, where the secrets of the cosmos… » 2/22/07 9:31am 2/22/07 9:31am

CRT Trash Can: Old is New Again

Do you have an old monitor lying around? Fellow Gawker mates at Lifehacker point us to a site which shows us how to turn that old tube into a trash can with a few straightforward instructions, but the project is certainly not for the faint of heart. Remember, you're dealing with a vacuum tube that might be prone to a… » 6/05/06 11:31am 6/05/06 11:31am