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Brilliant design for the laziest humans.
We've already talked about IKEA's prototypes of responsive cooktops and kitchen gadgets. Now, even trash cans are getting smarter.
File this under things you never knew you wanted. A new "smart" trash can called the bruno— funded on Kickstarter, naturally—uses clever technology to minimize garbage hassles.
Here's how it works: First, an internal vacuum disappears debris through a slot in the bottom of the can. Instead of scooping kibble scraps or crushed chips into a dustpan, just push them towards the opening.
Text reminders are another high-tech feature. An accompanying app pings your family before garbage day so that the pile makes it out to the curb.
Useful for home cooks: a hands-free lid activated by a motion sensor. No more egg yolks dripping down the front of the can.
The bruno is currently available for pre-order with a Kickstarter donation and set to ship this fall. Grab one now so you can be lazier later.
Trash can, from $159 at bruno.
(H/T: FastCompany Design)