Abigail MeadowOctober 1st

Nobody wants to put the bins out. Fact. It's possibly one of the worst household chores there is along with laundry.

You and your housemates will be all wrapped up, slippers on and somebody will shout "BINS!" a universal sigh will occur along with a mexican stand off about who will take it out.

Have no fear, SmartCan is here.


In an answer to all our prayers, American inventor, Andrew Murray, has created a self-driving wheelie bin that takes itself out on bin day, saving you many hours of bickering about who should take one for the team.

Mr Murray, said: "We want to help people eliminate unnecessary chores from their daily lives. We see an opportunity to really help alleviate the burden of the mundane physical tasks that everyone faces."


So, how does the SmartCan work? Well, first of all, you download the app and set a date and take out location for when your SmartCan needs to go out.

The bin has two docking stations so that it knows where to start and stop - one goes on the pavement and the other by where you keep your bins - which also charge it up between runs.

The website reads: "A user can pair to his or her trashcan with a smartphone, set a date and take-out location, and the trashcan will take itself out on a regular specified interval. Smartcan is compatible with any municipal-issued trashcan."

There is also another model of the bin called Bruno that you keep inside your house that combines a vacuum cleaner and a bin.


Sensors on the front of the bin can see when dirt from the kitchen floor is swept towards it and the bin turns on a vacuum to suck up the mess, brilliantly solving the issue of that black line of dust you can never quite sweep up with a dustpan and brush!

Bruno can also send alerts to your smartphone using the app so that you know when you need to remove a full bag of rubbish.

The inventors said: "Bruno and its patent-pending technologies have been many months in the making. The powerful vortex vacuum feature will deliver every dog hair, cheerio and grain of dirt directly into the trash bag.


"No more stopping, no more scooping, just place the broom in front of the vacuum inlet to start the suction and Bruno will do the rest.

"Bruno will also remind you to take the trash out on trash day, and alert you when you are low on Bruno Bags."

I'm not sure about you, but iRobot comes to mind when I think of this one...


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