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GeniCan automatically makes shopping lists based on what’s thrown away

Your garbage can is about to get much, much smarter.

When it comes to the connected home, there’s smart appliances, smart lighting, smart TVs and smart hubs. Next on that list may very well be smart trash cans. If it is up to one New York-based startup, the garbage bin may become more than just a lowly container of rubbish, but an intelligent household assistant. Think about it: When you run out of something at home, whether it’s the milk, eggs or fabric softener, it’s all too easy to forget to add it to the grocery list. Thanks to the GeniCanthat will soon all change.


Unlike the Bruno smart trashcan, the Genican is a standalone device that attaches to the side of your ‘dumb’ trash pail using a magnetic panel, and scans the barcodes of items as they are thrown out. They are then added to a shopping list, which can be accessed from an accompanying mobile app, or in the near future, automatically reordered in Amazon Dash button-like fashion.

What’s nice is that the unit is designed to work with pretty much any type of bin — square or round, plastic or metal. Wall and cabinet mounting options are available, with a countertop bracket also in the works. The gadget is powered either through a typical wall outlet or an internal battery that can last for an estimated seven days depending on use.


Once installed, the GeniCan connects to an in-home Wi-Fi network, which it cross-references scanned barcodes against a UPC database and sends all data to its cloud service, which it uses to provide money-saving coupons and delivery options. From there, the cloud service relays the information to the mobile app. For those items that don’t have a barcode, the system uses voice recognition through its built-in microphone to add household essentials to a list.


Beyond helping to replenish groceries, GeniCan also features a sensor that is used to determine when a can is full. If so, the device reminds the user to take out the trash through its app.

Sound like something you’d love for your kitchen? Head over to its official Indiegogo campaign, where the GeniCan team is currently seeking $50,000. Delivery is expected to begin in September 2015.

17 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This mini wireless sensor platform can be programmed and controlled right from your smartphone. MbientLab is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.

The Palette


This filament feeding system connects to a single-extruder 3D printer and transforms it into a multi-color gadget, all through the use of a standalone box. Mosaic Manufacturing is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.



This efficient, easy-to-use electroplating device lets you coat just about any 3D print in metal. Monolith Studio is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart home system is not only taking the smartphone out of the equation, but enhancing security, comfort, entertainment and ease-of-use along the way. Oomi Home is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This DIY Wi-Fi robotics kit is designed to help children learn technology and programming. Mirobot is currently seeking £5,000 on Kickstarter.



This tiny, Arduino-compatible development board features built-in Wi-Fi and a secure cloud-powered platform, allowing Makers to create connected projects and products with ease. Digistump is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart, remote-controlled gadget lets you feed and treat your pets from anywhere, anytime. The UKnekt team is currently seeking $87,500 on Indiegogo.



This low-cost, open hardware computer can be programmed in any language and run a full Linux environment with graphic interfaces, all with the simplicity of an Arduino-compatible board. UDOO team is currently seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.

Fuel Book


This plug-and-play device can turn any car into a smart car with self-diagnositcs, tracking and fuel analysis capabilities. Fuel Book is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

The Ultimate Golf Swing Analyzer


This smart system provides golfers with an instant, accurate and elaborate swing analysis right at their fingertips. 3Bays is currently seeking $60,000 on Kickstarter.



This set of ultra-small, wireless earphones pair with any Bluetooth Smart gadget to play studio quality music. Nextear is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.



This Bluetooth-enabled propane tank scale measures how much gas is left and alerts you through your phone so that you never unexpectedly run out while grilling again. GasWatch is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.



This Bluetooth smart plug transforms your bedside lamp into a dawn simulator, making it a bit easier to get up in the morning. Lumino is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Lorian Burner


This compact racing drone has all the adjustments of a professional multi-rotor which can adapt as you progress. Lorian is currently seeking £10,000 on Kickstarter.



This intelligent garbage can automatically create your grocery list, match coupons to products and even deliver items to your doorstep. GeniCan is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This all-in-one camera drone can be easily transported to cool locations and seamlessly controlled from a single mobile app. C-mi is currently seeking $125,000 on Kickstarter.

Vulcan I


This team of undergraduates is racing to become the first student organization to successfully launch a rocket powered by a 3D-printed engine. SEDS@UCSD is currently seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here. Also, if your project is powered by Atmel MCUs and you’ve been featured on our blog, be sure todownload the respective badges here for use in your ongoing marketing efforts. 

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