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Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can

This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.

Here’s a recycling can designed to increase the quantity and quality of recycled material. Peter Riedo, along with members of his mechatronics lab group at Colorado State University, created the recycling gadget.

You can enter your material by scanning it, or by manually entering the garbage code via a touchscreen. Once you enter the material type, an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, allowing the material to go in the can -- you can even program a song for the trash-flap dance. The gadget also comes with a help menu on the touchscreen and a confirmation sound after the waste is deposited.

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Peter Riedo and his mechatronics lab group from Colorado State created the Automatic Recycler that tracks trash. Gadget Freaks not pictured include Sean Kalahar, Tino Tadiello, Randy Vieira, and Eric Swanstrom.

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