This device puts your trash can in charge of your grocery list

"I can always rely on my trash can," said people in 2017.

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If your kitchen’s trash can could talk, what would it say? I think mine would say things like, “Hey jerk, that’s recyclable!” And maybe, “Nice job finishing that bag of Doritos in seventeen minutes, you disgusting human!” If our garbage cans could talk, the least they could do is remind us if we’re running out of paper towels, toilet paper, and other easily-forgotten house essentials.

Enter GeniCan: a smart device that scans products as you toss ‘em and automatically drafts a grocery list on your smartphone.

The GeniCan fits in most rectangular garbage and recycling cans and syncs to Android and iOS devices. Simply sync the GeniCan to your home’s WiFi network, install the app on your phone, and scan everything you see yourself needing next time you head to the store. If the product doesn’t have a barcode, the GeniCan uses voice recognition for manual grocery list additions.

GeniCan In Use
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The GeniCan's scanning system is easy enough for everyone in the house to use.

GeniCan also has a partnership with Amazon Dash Replenishment, so anyone who uses that service to stock their pantry will be able to bypass the store altogether and set up an automatic delivery the moment a product is eighty-sixed.

The device is currently on pre-order via the GeniCan website and can be procured for about $125.

OK, so the GeniCan isn't really going to give your garbage the gift of gab; but at least it won't start judging me for cleaning out a carton of ice cream in record time.

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