iTouchless Stainless-Steel Infrared Automatic Trash Cans

iTouchless Stainless-Steel Infrared Automatic Trash Cans

Gregory Han
May 26, 2009

Nobody likes having to touch garbage or waste material, even if you were the one who threw away the material in the first place. And although some people may think it's a bit over-the-top germaphobic to want a trashbin that automatically opens and closes, we can see many instances where the automatic infrared help would come especially handy: diaper duty, cleaning the kitty litter, aiding the elderly at home, using while handling cooking and cleaning at once...

A touchless trashcan is of course a luxury, but we're actually quite surprised it's not an overly expensive one, a large kitchen model available for $69.99 online. It works using infrared sensors which monitor movement from about 6" away, opening for you to drop in your garbage and then closing again after 3 seconds (don't worry, it will stay open if your hand lingers within the 6" area). This would make an excellent gift for elderly relatives or even to teach children that cleaning and throwing your garbage away can be fun (although Jr. may grow a habit of hovering around all trashcans at 6" waiting for the lid to open). Another nice detail is the ability for the unit to be freestanding, using 4 D-size batteries or to plug it in using an included AC adaptor.

There's also a smaller version available for the bathroom for a reasonable price and a 16 Gallon 2-compartment Touchless Recycle Center Trash Bin. Now if they could only make them a little more stylish, like SimpleHuman's line of garbage bins.

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