Garbage Sensor Restocks Your Fridge With Whatever You Threw Out

Garbage Sensor Restocks Your Fridge With Whatever You Threw Out
Grocery, Convenience & Supermarket

GeniCan made its debut at CES, with an unassuming but clever way to create smart shopping lists in the home

Ido Lechner, Home Editor
  • 11 january 2017

If you’re anything like the average grocery shopper, then you probably have a good sense of want you want to buy ahead of time. For those of us who regularly stock our fridges with the same ingredients, a new tool dubbed the GeniCan offers an unassuming method of filling up our grocery lists for us. And, in addition to knowing what food we’ll want ahead of time, the device can also save us a trip to the nearest produce store by syncing with available Amazon Dash buttons to automatically order the items to the house.

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GeniCan attaches to the inside of an ordinary trash can to automate the grocery shopping process. Simply hold your item’s barcode in front of it’s camera to register the product you want repurchased, and the smart garbage can will do the rest. The device even offers voice command in the case that you don’t have the product you want reordered on hand. An accompany smartphone app helps you determine whether the GeniCan correctly interpreted the item you asked for.

If what you need to replace is not available through Amazon (the device’s primary shopping hub), GeniCan will load the details of the item onto its app via your home’s Wi-Fi. The updating grocery list is then shareable, so your non-vegan spouse doesn’t buy the wrong lactose-free cheese.

Of course, the sensor isn’t for everyone, and you should take a moment to consider before purchasing the device for yourself. If you have any issues with lingering around your garbage can for longer than you have to – as you’ll need to fidget with the barcode to ensure GeniCan gets a read on which items you want reordered – you might want to stick with the traditional route of writing down or remembering your grocery list for yourself.

The creators of the device say four AA batteries will power the sensor for up to a year. The app is compatible both with iOS and Android, and the product is available for preorder at $125 USD.

GeniCan

If you’re anything like the average grocery shopper, then you probably have a good sense of want you want to buy ahead of time. For those of us who regularly stock our fridges with the same ingredients, a new tool dubbed the GeniCan offers an unassuming method of filling up our grocery lists for us. And, in addition to knowing what food we’ll want ahead of time, the device can also save us a trip to the nearest produce store by syncing with available Amazon Dash buttons to automatically order the items to the house.

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