There are smartphones, soon there will be smart cars, so why not a "smart" trash can?
GeniCan—a device currently raising money on Indiegogo—attaches to the side of trash cans and scans bar codes as items are being thrown out. After crossing the scanner, the bar codes are cross-referenced against existing UPC codes in a database via a home Wi-Fi network. If an item doesn't have a bar code, it can be held in front of the sensor until prompted by the device with a request for which item should be added.
"It truly all started when my wife would call me from the grocery store and not have the grocery list saying, 'Hey, Rob can you text me the grocery list?'" co-founder Rob Griffin said.