Do You Need A Big Belly?

Besides Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch, I bet you thought you’d never hear of a talking trash can. But every day in Philadelphia, over 500 trash cans converse with the Department of Street’s management team. The BigBelly solar-powered trash-compaction units wirelessly communicate via a short-message service–i.e., text messaging (yes, even trash cans are texting). A central server allows managers to review the status of all BigBelly trash cans in real time. “You can minimize the number of trips to remove …

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