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TetraBIN gamifies eco-conscious behavior

What motivates you to throw away trash? If you live in a city, you’re most likely influenced by littering fines, guilt-inducing signage, or a contrite conscience. But what if you could be motivated by something positive? Let’s say, like play?

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Post by PSFK.

Positive motivation is behind TetraBIN, the augmented reality trash bin that lets users gamify their garbage disposal. The bin uses three internal infrared beams to monitor user input. Once an individual throws a piece of trash into the bin, the infrared path is broken, triggering sensors to send a command the to the bin’s exterior. This activates a LED light display on the exterior cylindrical screen, which drops a geometric block onto a tetris grid. Speakers inside the bin play 8-bit sound tones.

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