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Can’t be bothered taking the stairs or putting your rubbish in the bin? You might change your mind when you see how electronics have been used to create a set of musical stairs and a ‘bottomless’ bin. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com Car firm Volkswagen recently teamed up with some designers to …

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Cheered me up

That's brilliant - now why can't they do something to make working on a Friday more fun!

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VW

Gotta love the Volkswagen way of thinking

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In America

(and probably in the UK as well) you'd be arrested as a terrorist for putting something like that into a trash can. Because clearly you're just two slabs of C4 away from building a bomb.

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FAO Schwarz

maybe they can get these guys in to run stairs instead of tapdance?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6je44_fao-schwarz-big-piano_music

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Boston Science Museum

There is, or perhaps, was, one of those staircases in the Boston Science Museum.

I seem to remember a group of kids using them to play a tune when I was there.

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Hang on a mo...

The women 40 seconds into the trash can clip are speaking in sign language - so how can they hear the soundbite?

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Misleading article

I was looking forward to seeing how VW had managed to make huge weighted keys, preferably striking real strings.

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Irony

I hope everyone is appreciating the irony of the fact that at least one of the people in the first group to play with the bin is deaf. :)

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Wouldn't happen here...

I suspect (maybe wrongly but...you know) that should someone do that here, there would be some public safety outcry deploring the riskiness of providing the general public with a keyboard on a staircase...you know, what with the risk of someone trying to play Bach and tripping, promptly falling and breaking several bones.

Or due to the twister-like poses someone would have to make with friends to play some jazz.

Or the anti-noise brigade claiming that the whole enterprise will cause damaged hearing and traumatise poor travellers forever putting them off the sound of a piano.

Or the "is it anti-slip" club. Which could be renamed the "why don't i just watch where i'm going" club.

Or, even more fringe, some smurfs who will no doubt claim that it affects our indigenous birdlife. Or dolphins.

Personally? Think its a fun idea and a good laugh. The people in the video seemed to enjoy it too.

Lets have a little more fun eh?

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that's it.

Dear Volkswagen. Excellent ! Well done. Clearly you've got a wacky new batch of engineers (or the downturn drove the old lot bonkers). Can you put more of that talent into your cars please?

thanks.

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Making the world more fun

Social engineering by making doing the right thing fun? Brilliant.

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@Hang on a mo...

Yeah, deaf people only hang out with other deaf people, thanks for reminding me.

Or has she just got bad earwax?

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English?

Not wanting to be pedantic, but you could have linked to the Engish versions :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbEKAwCoCKw

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If I used one of those staircases...

...my taste for octaves and widely-spaced arpeggios would probably result in some nasty fractures.

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The bin seems to work, though

As far as I can make out from the Swedish text* it appears that making the bin fun to use resulted in the collection of 72kg of rubbish, which is apparently a good 41kg more than normal (I can't be asked to do the precise math, but that's more than double the normal "take").

If they could get that to work in London..

* No, I don't speak Swedish but one of the languages I speak is close enough to get the gist of it (I couldn't be asked to use translator either, it's Friday evening, so there).

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Giant piano keyboard on a staircase?

Never seen one of those before! Oh, except in every hands-on science museum I've ever been to.

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VW didn't invent the bottomless bin

Anyone with growing children will fully understand what a bottomless bin is, and it has been around since the dawn of time.

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Without the soundtrack?

Is there a version of the video where you can actually hear what the keyboard is playing, rather than overdubbed piano music?

I do find it somewhat bewildering that they'd create a public art installation whose primary purpose is to make sound, video it, and then edit away the sound.

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@Steve 16

Sorry to be pedantic, but you weren't being pedantic.

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Increasing usage...

It says they got more rubbish, and we saw one person picking something up off the floor.

Sounds good, if it makes people pick more litter up.

But more rubbish in this bin, probably means less in another bin... ie peoples rubbish in their pockets being fished out to go into this rather than at home/another bin.

Still, could be worked into a nice idea, recycling with incentives etc (like that tesco holiday couple...)

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De Efteling

De Efteling(1) over here in NL has had talking(2) litter receptacles for decades and they work. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. More power to their elbow etc. etc. etc.

(1) Think Alton Towers . . . only better.

(2) They spout "Papier hier"(3)

(3) For the linguistically challenged it literally translates as "Paper here."

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EXCELLENT!

love it..

top marks to whoever thought of this..

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How to?

Anyone know how they made this? It's pretty amazing and I want to build one, but I have no engineering skills in recreating such a thing XD

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Well done, I say

Not only is the idea cool, but I observe that people in the video had a marked tendency to use the stairs instead of the escalator - even the older ones.

So it encourages people to take the stairs, which is healthy exercise.

Now I wonder what kind of racket that thing made during rush hour . . .

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@Anonymous Coward 15:01 GMT

Why do they have to be deaf to make use of sign language

One of them could be mute or even both of them.

Maybe one is foreign but they both know signing.

many reasons

but then again i did go HUH !? when i first saw it. But then again i thought about it before posting (something i dont normally do)

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