New bombproof waste bins to be planted throughout London will address not only the city’s security concerns, but environmental issues as well.
Designed to absorb the heat of explosions, the armored receptacle collects trash and recyclable materials in separate compartments. It also displays a weather-proof LCD screen streaming news and travel information, according to a Times Online story.
Note they didn’t say bomb-resistant, they said bomb-proof. I have the sudden urge to do an Idaho Stress Test.
The most interesting thing is it’s designed to absorb “the heat of explosions”. Yes, most explosions are exothermic, but due to the rapidly expanding nature there isn’t much heat overall. If there is, that’s usually because of extra fuel in whatever was being used as an explosive. Further you can’t even just evacuate air out of the tank because even then you can make explosives that can still detonate. The pressure is the deciding factor and the hard part to defend against.
So, to Media Metrica, if you’re willing to put your money where your mouth is, please feel free to contact me. I know I’ll be stuck picking the bits and pieces out of the field but by god this would totally be worth it. No matter what you can always engineer a solution to cause it to fail.