This Garbage Can Will Take Itself Out to the Curb

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If you live in fear that smart technology will soon allow us to make only minimal physical movements, our every whim executed by voice commands, the SmartCan will probably not offer much comfort. In simple terms, it’s a garbage can accessory that drives itself out to the curb on trash collection day.

The brainchild of an inventor named Andrew Murray, the SmartCan is a two-wheeled trash receptacle attachment designed to be compatible with any municipal trashcan that will accept your compiled filth from the week. When it’s time for the city to collect, the SmartCan obeys a timer and drags the can along a path to situate itself on the curb. Once it senses the vertical movement of being dumped, it will then drive itself back to its starting position. At the points of departure and arrival are docking stations, which gives SmartCan its destination points.

The SmartCan attachment is pictured
SmartCan

The device is still in its developmental stage, which means there’s still time to figure out some of the concept’s remaining wrinkles. It’s not clear what SmartCan will do if a new obstacle, like a mail carrier, presents itself. Will it stop, or proceed to barrel over everything in its path to fulfill its mission to arrive at the curb on time? If a garage door is accidentally shut, will it bang into the barrier, or will it smash a window and scream for assistance? If homes put out more than one can per week, how will SmartCan know to fall in line on the trip back?

The SmartCan does not currently have a release date or price, though Murray hopes to see it on the market by the end of 2020.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Still Struggling to Solve a Rubik’s Cube? There’s an App for That

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Solving a Rubik's Cube is an easy way to impress your friends, but you don't need to be a math genius to crack the algorithm. With help from this app spotted by Lifehacker, you don't even need to memorize any tricks.

The Magic Cube Solver is a free app for iOS that calculates the fastest route to solving a Rubik's Cube based on its current pattern. To use it, start by inputting your cube's information by tapping the squares in the app's model and selecting the right colors. Hit "solve" and the tool will display step-by-step visual instructions you can follow to complete the puzzle. The stages are all laid out together and each one comes with a picture of what the cube looks like before and after you make your move, making it easy to follow along. No matter what configuration you're starting with, Magic Cube Solver will show you how to solve it in no more than 22 steps.

The app acts as more than a cheat to a particularly hard pattern. If you're interested in boosting your Rubik's Cube skills, you can select the "solve and learn" option after entering your information. This not only shows you the steps to take to solve it, but why it suggests those steps in the first place. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all trick to every cube configuration, which isn't always efficient, Magic Cube Solver will teach how to recognize different patterns and show you which tricks work best for each one. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the skills you need to solve any Rubik's Cube without the app's help.

Magic Cube Solve is available to download from the App Store for free. The free version only shows you how to solve the classic three-by-three square cube. Solutions for two-by-two, four-by-four, and void cubes cost extra. To learn more about the Rubik's Cube and its origins, check out our list.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Sprint Will Fix the Cracked Screen on Your Samsung Galaxy for $49—Even if They're Not Your Carrier

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In a move designed to engender some consumer goodwill, phone service carrier Sprint recently announced that it will repair cracked Samsung Galaxy smartphone screens for a set price of $49. And this time, the fine print works in the consumer’s favor. You don’t need to be a Sprint phone plan customer in order to take advantage of the deal.

The program’s website has the details, but it’s a relatively straightforward offer. If you have a damaged Galaxy screen, you can have it repaired regardless of your carrier through February 9, 2020. (The newest Galaxy S10 model is not included in the offer, but it should still be under warranty.)

Here are the eligible phones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

According to Android Authority, this is actually a pretty good deal as Samsung screen repairs can cost you over $200. You’ll have to take the still-working phone into a Sprint store with repair services in order to take advantage of the offer. (And presumably, be tempted into switching to Sprint if you’re not already a customer.) If the device cannot be repaired, Sprint will give you $150 in store credit toward a new phone. You can find a list of repair locations by here.

[h/t Engadget]

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