Trash-Bot

I'm thinking of making a trash can/bag transporter robot, something for residential use, where trash is picked up once a week by the curb. This
device would be a low flat container that would hold garbage bags and cans. When trash day comes, the robot would open a gate (gate has electrical power opener), then drive itself down the driveway to the curb. The trash gets picked up, and then the robot returns to its primary duty station, where it's connected to a recharger.
Any suggestions?
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Nehmo Sergheyev wrote:

Is this so that Americans can get fatter still by taking even less exercise ?
My suggestion is that your idea's stupid.
Graham
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Not all us Americans are fat... some are disabled and can't walk, so this device could be quite useful. The problems are that you need a buried wire or some means of guiding it, or an expensive differential GPS system. The thing has got to know where it is, and you can't do it by dead reckoning. Another problem is that the unit might get thrown away with the trash, or that someone would steal it. Also, if a baby is lying on the ground in front if it, and its litigious mother is nearby watching, are you confident you'll remain financially solvent? All these are common problems to robots you send away on errands and expect to come back.
Mike Ross
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Mike Ross wrote:

Plus snow, ice, rain, ambient temperature.
Mitch
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Mike Ross wrote:

It is however home to the 400 pound human.

No - it's a joke. In fact I suspect it's a troll really. Makes you wonder how ppl manage to live without machines to do everything for them doesn't it ?
How about a breathing machine to take away the effort of using your own lungs too ?
Graham
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Pooh Bear wrote:

My next design is a device that emits bursts of H2S heavily diluted with CH3 and CO2, and triggers an MP3 player at the same time, playing God Save the Queen on a bassoon.
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What is CH3?
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Richard Henry wrote:

A typo for 4
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"Pooh Bear" wrote:

Bite your tongue, obesity in Britain is growing at a much faster rate than in the US. Not that most British look the picture of health anyway. ;-)
http://www.beefusa.org/NEWSSharpriseinobesityinUSBritainAustraliaOECD13705.aspx
"Obesity levels have risen sharply in the past 20 years in many countries with the number of overweight people growing fastest in Britain, the United States and Australia, an OECD report warned."
"The report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in two decades obesity had doubled in the United States and Australia, while in Britain the rate had tripled."
"Twenty percent of the adult population in both Australia and Britain is now regarded as officially overweight, the same percentage of US citizens considered obese at the beginning of the 1990s."
Looks like Britain is the most obese country in Europe. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/apr2000/obes-a29.shtml
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I don't know about a breathing machine, but it's obvious that a great number of Brits haven't taken up the electric toothbrush in droves - or even the manual version for that matter! ...and then there's nothing quite as healthy as warm beer and bangers to keep the ol' ticker ticking.
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BruceR wrote...

Sorry, but what's a banger?
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British word for sausage.
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On Fri, 20 Jan 2006 20:18:24 GMT, the renowned "BruceR"
As in "Bangers & mash", British (not so haute) cusine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangers_and_mash
Apparently (I don't see anything definitive on it) bangers are so-called because they were made of particularly poor quality ingredients during WWII and tended to pop when cooked. J. Woodgate would know for sure, but I hesitate to add sci.lang.translation to the list.

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try multiple four hundred pound people, many of whom are forced to use breathing machines ironicly.
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Spehro Pefhany wrote:

Yes, I reckon a 'banger' would be a poor example.
There are some absolutely fabulous sausages around these days. A favouite of mine is pork and apple.
Some of the finest sausages are traditionally made locally. We used to have here a combination 'wet fish shop' and game butcher. They made some remarkable sauasges containing all manner of exotic ingrediaents and had numerous awards on display. Sadly the demand for such shops ahs been in decline as supermarkets offer a wider range of produce and it's now closed.
Sauage and mash is great comfort food btw and a 'pub-fare' classic !
Graham
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What worries me is that our English migrants in Oz refer to public swimming pools as "public baths". Doesn't translate too well.
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Or more that your posting is stupid. I mean, really, why be such an ass about it?

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You could hack the brains out of one of those robotic lawn mowers. I don't recall them needing buried wire. Likewise a radar sensor could deal with unexpected obstructions. Even machine vision would work. Since it's following a regular track it'd be simple comparison against a known-clear path, not actual pattern recognition.
Dealing with someone stealing it isn't technological, but some sort of "I'm too far from my base station, scream like a banshee" feature might be entertaining. Heh, have it scream "help, help, I've been stolen from..." and start frantically running it's drive wheels.
Hmmm, if they're cheap enough one of those robo-mowers might indeed be a cool starting point. Teach it to traverse a fake lawn path and then hack it onto something with enough drive motor horsepower to move the weight.
You could start the experiment by building the cart and using a radio controlled car circuit to operate it manually. Prove that the drive hardware works and then cobble up the brain for doing it automagically. Hmm, an R/C car design using a gas motor and some sort of battery operated starter would probably get around the rather hefty battery requirements that moving several cans of trash might require.
-Bill Kearney
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"....scream like a banshee...." reminds me of a problem we once had in a medical center setting. The facility consisted of multiple buildings spread over a wide campus area, and were essentially freely open to the public. Thieves kept stealing tv sets from various locations, and security was unable to patrol open areas effectively (this was before the advent of camera surveillance and other tv security devices). We decided to install a sonalert in series with a 9v battery, a tilt switch, and a key-operated switch to arm the system and allow the technicians to install the sets without activating the sonalert. For the next six months or so we would almost daily find squawking tv sets in hallways or classrooms, but we didn't lose a single tv after that.
Steve
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Steve Moulding wrote:

I apologize to the group for the above quote mess - I am thoroughly chastized and have added QuoteFix to my OE.
Steve
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Steve Moulding wrote:

Hey. Maybe in order to reduce car thefts, cars could make a lot of noise if they're being tampered with. Oh, wait - never mind.
Mitch
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