The Olympics Will Have Bombproof Trash Cans with LCD Screens

By Casey Chan on at

Trash cans 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 London introduce new, stylish trash cans as a quick makeover -- and they just so happen to be bombproof, with dual giant LCD screens and Wi-Fi hotspots.

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. 25 of these new trash cans 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 £1,130 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]