Autonomous SmartCan Makes Taking Out the Trash a Slam Dunk
Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award manufacturing grant supports research and development of motorized garbage can
Taking out the trash just got easier.
SmartCan, in development by Massachusetts-based Rezzi, is an autonomous motorized garbage can attachment and corresponding smartphone app that eliminates the need to drag your garbage cans out to the curb. Similar to how autonomous robot vacuum cleaners work for cleaning carpets and floors, SmartCan aids in the recurring chore of taking out the trash.
As an internet of things (IoT) product that’s directed by an 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 Rezzi CEO and SmartCan creator Andrew Murray. “We see an opportunity to take 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.”
With Protolabs’ help, Rezzi plans to bring Smart Can to market by late 2020. The Cool Idea Award manufacturing grant helped to rapidly accelerate the current phase of the products prototyping and testing, indeed 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 a cover that used 3D printing. Protolabs frequently works with companies in the consumer electronics industry such as Rezzi, which focuses on developing and marketing smart home devices.