In a perfect world, everything would be run by sensors. If you’re Bill Gates, your house is already programmed with sensor technology: when you walk in a room sensors track your presence and lights purr to life, paintings come alive, and a soundtrack starts to play in the background.
But until Gates bequeaths us his house, we’ll make do with the Simplehuman multi-sense trash can. As simple humans can deduce, the can works by sensing your presence and conveniently opening the can.
So how does this work in a house with endless traffic? (In my house, that includes a teenager, three rambunctious dachshunds, and an impatient husband.) That’s where the multi-sense comes in. It adjusts to the patterns in the house. For example, the can doesn’t pop open every time we walk by- only when our hands hover above it.
(The trigger zone is a focused space directly above the lid, you see.)
Once open, the trigger zone extends to become more sensitive so it knows if your’re still in the area and goes into “task mode” so it won’t close on you until you’re finished.
After 3 seconds of continued activity, the can switches to a 30-second stay-open mode… handy when changing the bag.
The brushed steel 10.5 gallon rectangular genius of a trash can comes with a five year warranty and costs a cool 5. Available online or at your local Bed, Bath and Beyond, Crate & Barrel and select Williams Sonoma stores.
Note: Simplehuman is working on a optional power adapter which will be sold separately.