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Smart trash cans collect more than your discarded garbage

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Aug 9, 2013
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  1. A high-tech trash can from a UK startup by the name of Renew is up to more than just collecting your garbage. These Renew Pods, deployed around certain parts of London ahead of last year’s Olympic Games, were initially designed...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Wow. This is the definition of REALLY CREEPY!
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    Didn't Google get slapped pretty hard for doing something similar with their street view car? What makes it ok for this company?
  4. To all you privacy freaks out there, why are you screaming bloody murder when you walk down the street? depending on your street, dozens, if not hundreds of people see you and in more crystal clear deatil than any wifi packet. I can see you with my eyes, I can see what you are wearing, I can see your hairdo, I can see which direction you are going, I can see which direction you came from, I can see what kind of mood you are in to roughly, I can see who you are with... why is no one worried about other pedestrian walking/sitting/watching? they are INVADING your privacy too!!!

    get over your fears people....
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,389   +5,016

    Well for one thing that is in the street and not what should be the privacy of your own home. I for one am not screaming about the loss of privacy. I'm screaming about how it can be misused, while there are no regulation in place allowing us to protect ourselves. There are no regulations in place because they don't even want us to know about all their methods of delivery. People need privacy to get away from it all, I'm sorry you can't see that.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I'm surprised these 'smart trashcans' haven't been stolen or vandalized yet. A lot of 3rd world countries like mine some people don't even know what a regular trashcan looks or how to even how to use it. Try installing something like this in our major cities and they'll be stolen and sold even before the installation is complete.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

    Lol, I hear a lot of people say that they don't want to mess with anything that's smarter than them
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,389   +5,016

    Which is really sad, when the item is a trash can.
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    I use wi-fi & gps DAILY on my device, but, when NOT being used, I keep my wi-fi & gps turned OFF. Mostly for the saving on battery, but for garbage like this.
  10. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    The very same information is collected at the cellphone towers. So its ok there but not when another company takes it street level. Thats what ppl are b!tching about. The fact that not only can someone get a ton of information about you off of your phone, but that they are profiting from information that really isnt thiers to profit from. Oh you can "opt-out"......right, sure you can. Im 100% sure the opt-out is just another form collecting information. I NEVER have on my wifi unless I am at home. I even keep the phone off until I need it.
  11. I thought this article was about the new Mac Pro.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,389   +5,016

    Not only that! The way they describe the process, the smart can still has to identify the individual. Identification is established before any kind of process of elimination is done. Therefor "Opt-out" is an incorrect term to use. You are Opting to be removed, which is not the same as opting not to participate.
  13. mayara

    mayara TS Rookie

    What's new? the trash, because data is being stolen in satelite, long ago, and yet do not prevent anything but profit
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,960   +3,998

    `So is this why they designed the new Apple pro computers in the shape of a trash can?

    Give it time, I'm working on that....;)
  15. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,715   +2,513

    So, these trashcans can identify you by your phone's MAC address. That address is unique to every phone and your carrier knows which devices are attached to each account. If your carrier is working with the trashcan's owners you WILL be individually identified.
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Those won't work here the sun/humid/heat will destroy them. We just don't have a lot of trash bins anyway. Just too clean. UK they're privacy laws are different than the US anyway.
  17. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I agree!! Put those cans anywhere on the Vegas Strip not only will they fry in the sun, but everyone and thier kid brother will be tossing as much "wet waste" as they can to screw it up!! If this EVER made it to the states it would be installed and then stripped in under 12hrs.
  18. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Those bins are pretty cool in that they tell you the latest news, etc. but I knew there was something dodgy about them. Why would they have invested so much if they were just bins?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,960   +3,998

    You know how you know these things are a really, really creepy privacy invading concept? Because even Google, the creepiest stalker in the internet realm, isn't involved with them.

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