OpenTrashCan: A Smart Internet Connected Trash Can

OpenTrashCan connects to your wifi network and sends you an email when its full, talks to you, and even has it's own Android app.

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OpenTrashCan connects to your wifi network and sends you an email when its full, talks to you,
This project started out serious, then I kept thinking of funny things I wanted to make it do. The only way I could think to present it was a corny infomercial style video. The trash can uses one range sensor in the front that opens the lid when it detects motion. There is a second range sensor in the back that detects the fill level of the trash can. Speech is played using an mp3 shield, through computer speakers.

You need:

A cheap trash can (this one is from Target)

Computer Speakers

An Arduino Leonardo

An Iduino Yun Shield

An Elechouse MP3 Shield

Googly Eyes (don't skimp on these, get the good ones)

A 4GB SD Card

A Micro Servo Motor

2 HC-Sr04 Range Sensors

Some Jumper Wires

A Hot Glue Gun

A drill

Some wire cutters or heavy duty scissors

A Mini Breadboard

An HC-06 Bluetooth Module

A 9V battery or Wall Adapter (to power the Arduino b

Full instructions can be found here: Instructables

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Arduino and sensor connections.

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matthewhallberg wrote 03/16/2016 at 16:13 point

Right after I got it done, I showed my freind and he was like why didn't you put wheels on it! So, maybe in the next iteration lol. 

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Winston wrote 03/16/2016 at 14:42 point

I'm actually after AI trash cans that can empty themselves. :-)

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