Published on January 23rd, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz1
Shanghai Introduces Talking Solar-Powered Trash Cans
January 23rd, 2009 by Ariel Schwartz
Today’s weird news comes from Shanghai, where city officials have installed 10 solar-powered talking garbage cans at People’s Square. Solar energy powers the bin’s voice, which directs pedestrians to the nearest toilets.
Each bin also features a map that is lit up at night with solar power. The map displays surrounding roads and public facilities. According to the Huangpu District Sanitation Bureau, 480 talking trash cans will eventually be placed on main streets around the city.
While Shanghai’s talking bins may not be revolutionary, they provide an opportunity for millions of citygoers to see solar power in action.
Photo Credit: Greenlaunches
Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.