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January 27, 2006

Howard Hughes Trash Can


No question about it: this is the trash can the reclusive billionaire would've adopted in his Kleenex box–slippers phase.

Now it can be yours.

The trash can, I mean; the slippers have always been ready when you are, just like American Express.

But I digress.

From the website:

    Touchless Automatic Lid–Opening Trash Can

    Would you ever watch an old TV without a remote control again?

    Welcome to the 21st Century!

    Once you have tried the Touchless Trashcan you will never go back to the traditional or step–on trash can again.

    The Touchless Trashcan is a 100% hands–free, wireless, lidded waste disposal system.

    The built–in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Smart–Chip knows when you need to open the trash can and performs all openings and closings for you.


    It uses patented invisible infra–red technology.

    • 13 gallon (49 liter) capacity

    • Brushed stainless steel

    • Measures 27.25"H x 10.5"W x 14.5"D

    • Height with lid open: 35.25"

    • Weight: 12 lbs.

    • Takes standard 10–, 14– or 16–gallon garbage bags

    • Comes with garbage bag Fix Ring™

    • Uses 4 D–cell batteries (not included)

    • Battery life: Approximately 6 months (based on 20 openings/day)


Still not convinced?

The website's got a video so you can see the thing do its trick.


so you know it must be good.

$99 here (trash not included).

January 27, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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Too bad this thing is battery powered. How am I supposed to put garbage in when the batteries die? Great except for they should have a plug-in option. - sb

Posted by: sb | Jan 27, 2006 3:35:26 PM

My mom had one of these at Christmas in the old poolhouse that has been serving as galley kitchen, TV room and home office since the hurricane. IT WAS IRRITATING AS HELL. (And it scared the hell out of me the first time it opened by itself.)

It was placed right by what was a laundry room sink, but is now the kitchen sink - an area that saw a lot of activity. And every time you even move near it it opens.

The only positive side was that it could entertain a six-year-old child for hours - especially when he figured out that the adult-types (but mostly just Grandma) did not want him to "play" with it. He would throw all number of things from far distances just for the joy of watching the lid pop up.

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Jan 27, 2006 3:34:58 PM

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