Thomas on Smart Trash Cans

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"I think trash cans as we know them will disappear," says Valerie Thomas, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy, with a joint appointment in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She clarifies, "Not to the extent that the chair will go walking off." Thomas has been working on a Smart Trash concept, which she has dubbed "product self-management," that is based on the same Universal Product Code (UPC) technology used in grocery stores... She is working on a prototype of a recycling bin outfitted with a bar-code reader that would register details about products you have just discarded. Source:, December 7, 2011

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  • Created On: Dec 7, 2011 - 8:34am
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