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7th October 2019

Autonomous garbage can to debut in 2020

Smart home company Rezzi has been selected as a winner of Protolabs' Cool Idea Award for its "SmartCan" – a motorised garbage can attachment and mobile app that autonomously brings trash to the curb and returns the garbage can to its base once emptied.


automated garbage can
Credit: Rezzi


Protolabs, a company that provides rapid prototyping and on-demand production, has announced smart home company Rezzi as the latest Cool Idea Award winner for innovation in automated consumer electronics technology.

Rezzi’s premier product, SmartCan, eliminates the need for homeowners to drag their garbage cans to the curb by providing a motorised trash can attachment and corresponding mobile app. Users can set the specific day and time they need their trash to be at the curb for pickup, and the SmartCan attachment will get it there autonomously. Once picked up by collectors, the SmartCan heads back to its base after sensing the vertical movement.

"We want to help people eliminate unnecessary chores from their daily lives," said Andrew Murray, Rezzi CEO and SmartCan creator. "We see an opportunity to take the Internet of Things (IoT) beyond just turning off lights or turning on music, and really help alleviate the burden of the mundane physical tasks that everyone faces. Rezzi is looking to build on the progress of notable smart home and IoT companies to do our part in redefining this consumer landscape."

Rezzi plans to bring SmartCan to market by late 2020, and with the help of Protolabs and the Cool Idea Award, the company has been able to rapidly accelerate its current phase of product prototyping and testing, bumping up its production schedule by nearly six months. SmartCan’s entire mechanical structure was manufactured by Protolabs, including the main body fabricated from sheet metal, the drive train assembly and the 3D-printed plastic cover.

"Much like what autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners have done for keeping a clean home and what smart doorbells have done for home security, SmartCan completes the recurring task of taking out the garbage," said Vicki Holt, President & CEO of Protolabs. "We’re seeing more and more autonomous products in the consumer electronics industry, aimed at reducing time spent doing less desirable things and enabling more time for valued activities."


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