Olympics Will Have Bombproof Rubbish Bins With LCD Screens

Rubbish bins are the eyesores of city life, like the grimy physical manifestation of popped pimples overflowing with bags and Chinese takeout ooze. The Olympics? A magnifying glass on a city's life. That's why it's not surprising to see a city (in this case, London) introduce new, stylish trash cans as a quick makeover. For London 2012, new bombproof trash cans that have dual giant LCD screens and Wi-Fi hotspots will brighten up the dreary London fog.

Made by Renew, the trash cans LCD screens will display news, stock quotes, weather and are big enough to house a typical bin so trash collectors can easily empty 'em. They'll also provide Olympic goers with Wi-Fi hotspots. Twenty-five of these new rubbish bins are currently on London streets with the plan to install 75 more before Michael Phelps first dives into a pool. Supposedly, these new digital cans will start popping up in New York City, Tokyo and Singapore too.

The trash cans cost $US1800 a pop. I wonder how fast they'll become nothing more than bombproof billboards though? Or more likely, how fast they'll be hacked? [Daily Mail via Neatorama]

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