In order to help its human assistants "sink a basket," so to speak, the robot is able to tip its flexible bin forward or backward, or twist it to either side
While there aren't packs of the robots roaming the streets of Japan just yet, they have been tested with groups of children
A couple of social trash box robots, on display in Tokyo at IREX 2013
Wouldn't it be great if we had robotic garbage cans that could move around on their own and pick up litter? Well, engineers from the Interaction and Communications Design Lab at Japan's Toyohashi University of Technology are part-way there. Their bots, however, ask people to pick up the trash for them.
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