Trash Can Saves Universe

I sometimes suspect that when some people welcome the arrival of our new robot overlords, they’re being less than sincere. So it is in our ironic age.

I’m also pretty sick and tired of people screaming “SkyNet!” every time they see a dog-shaped robot flinging cinderblocks.

Everybody is so sure that we are sowing the seeds of our own destruction with every technological advance that they sometimes forget that robots totally save the universe.  Where will we be without R2D2? Slaves of the Empire, that’s where. And for every Terminator, there’s an Iron Giant (and also the other Terminator). Why do we automatically think the worst when we see technological advances?

Why don’t people see Google Glass and immediately think of Data, instead of visualizing (unaided) cyborg zombie hipsters walking in front of buses all over Brooklyn? Why such dark portents of the future (sort of)?

Because people don’t have enough simplehuman sensor cans, that’s why.

I’ve lived with this charming little stainless butterfly for a couple of months now, and as a result, I feel much better about the fate of my great, great grandchildren. The androids that descend from this sensor can will be too busy making our lives efficient to take over the world.

The butterfly covers open as gracefully as the pod bay doors when you wave a hand above the sensor area, and the can almost never opens unexpectedly (except for about 30 minutes during sunset if you walk past the perfect spot and hold your mouth right). Installing batteries was easy — and the quiet motor whirrs with each operation. I like that there is no cord to mess with.

Once the can is open, it won’t close on you if, like us, you have no disposal and have to scrape every microbe of food off before putting something in the dishwasher. The sensor reads your activity and responds, staying open as long as you are working. I’ve never had the doors close on me a single time. And I’m the DS (Designated Scraper) in my house.

As with the step can I tested previously (and loved), the liner is easy to remove from the can, and the bag is easily slipped from the liner. simplehuman custom bags rock my world — I really love them — but any standard kitchen bag will fit the liner.

An interesting note: in all the weeks we’ve used the can, with all the house guests, adults and kids alike, that traipse through our house eating our snacks, nobody has ever had to ask how the garbage can works. Either the design is completely intuitive, or the machines are already teaching us to obey.

I also predict that there will be no fingerprints anywhere in the future, because the amazing fingerprint-proof stainless will cover every household surface. Seriously, even when the our whole kitchen is dissolved into chaos in the aftermath of family dinner, our simplehuman sensor can still looks like it just came out of the box.

So the next time you see images of robots from the future that frighten you, or are abducted and forced to watch anything from the Transformers franchise, don’t get discouraged. Remember this: (Thanks to simplehuman?) WALL-E is a trash can.

Disclaimer: As I mentioned in the previous posts, I’m a proud brand ambassador for simplehuman and will be creating a series of posts over the next year that relate to that outstanding brand. Because you know simplehuman makes much more than trash cans. But more on that later. The can I tested was provided free of charge, and I am compensated for my work as brand ambassador, including the writing of this post.

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One thought on “Trash Can Saves Universe

  1. concretin_nik

    I wouldn’t point out that SkyNet and TheMatrix are real with an automated lid on the garbage can, any more than when I wave my hand in front of the towel dispenser in the men’s room to have it gracefully provide just the right amount of paper to dry my hands.

    But let’s be realistic, neither of those devices is capable of chasing me down, and/or throwing cinder blocks at me, and/or tossing parts of my dismembered body into a hole. I’m a lightweight, but I’m relatively certain I can take the garbage can, AND the towel dispenser with a simple stomp. You’ll have to forgive me if I shiver with heebie jeebies a bit because it seems at least a few of the engineers of the world have never been to the movies. (Not terribly surprising I guess, they are nerds after all.)

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