We live in a world that devours information at an increasing speed. With the emergence of cell phones and the irrefutable success of social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, we are constantly glued to our personal screens in search of more information. We're even starting to see more screens surface in public areas to draw our attention and feed our thirst for info. Soon, we'll be viewing garbage bins to gain knowledge...for real. London-based firm Renew plans on unleashing 100 public trash bins that boast a sleek, contemporary design and a large LCD screen that shares a wide array of content from breaking news and weather to stock market updates and entertainment. Other features include the screens' adaptive brightness technology to reduce power usage by 40% and Wi-Fi connectivity.
These bomb-proof bins should be out in London's financial district in time for the 2012 Olympics in July. It is part of the products' green initiative to reduce paper waste and provide info digitally, seeing as there will be a large crowd in the area for the international games. At $1,800 each, they are expected to appear in other major cities including Tokyo and New York. I remember when the LCD screens over subway station entrances were introduced in New York. They just gradually popped up all around the city and I imagine these trash bins will do the same, easing the transition into a tech-reliant era.
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