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Archive for July 9th, 2016

Solar-Powered Trash Can FAIL

Some time ago, Vassar deployed Big Belly solar-powered, network-connected, compacting trash cans. We recently walked across the campus to a play …

Once is happenstance:

Vassar Old Main - Broken Trash Can 1

Vassar Old Main – Broken Trash Can 1

Twice is coincidence:

Vassar Old Main - Broken Trash Can 2

Vassar Old Main – Broken Trash Can 2

Those neatly printed signs suggested a common-mode failure, so we took the long way back to visit my all-time favorite trash can installation. Yup, three times is enemy action:

Vassar Library - Broken Trash Can 3

Vassar Library – Broken Trash Can 3

You can still put trash in the containers through the obvious opening. Perhaps the networking failed?

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