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Robotic Bins and Benches in Cambridge 138

Posted by Zonk
from the my-bench's-name-is-jeff dept.
OldBus writes "According to the BBC robotic bins and benches have been installed in Cambridge. According to the article, they 'move and chuckle' and 'sing when the sun comes out.'" From the article: "Mr Bogen hopes the cutting edge technology would help keep the bins and benches safe from theft. The Junction has a three year maintenance contract with Greyworld and plans to name all the bins and benches individually to make carrying out repairs easier."
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Robotic Bins and Benches in Cambridge

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  • Re:ever better! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 11, 2005 @05:47AM (#12788054)
    And most slashdotters you know don't push bullshit websites and spam either.
  • No Comment (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 11, 2005 @06:19AM (#12788112)
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  • RTFA Everyone! (Score:5, Informative)

    by bobbis.u (703273) on Saturday June 11, 2005 @07:12AM (#12788234)
    They are not being installed by the city council and they are not being widely deployed. It is an art display at The Junction, which is not really in the centre of the city anyway.

    Apparently, this is just what constitues "art" today. This article [junction.co.uk] is straight from the horses mouth about it.

  • Re:dissuade gambling (Score:3, Informative)

    by jimicus (737525) on Saturday June 11, 2005 @09:37AM (#12788635)
    I guess the state runs the lottery in the uk too

    Well, it's not quite as simple as that. Running the lottery is outsourced to a company called Camelot. The companies wanting to run it had to submit bids explaining what they'd do with the money.

    Camelot answered "Give some of it to arts projects, put some of it into the prize fund, use the rest to pay our directors absurd quantities of money", and they got the contract.
  • Re:Hang about. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 11, 2005 @10:23AM (#12788787)
    They were green bikes in Cambridge (city of the talking bins) and lasted about 3 days.

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