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After getting a smart fridge, smart sprinklers, smart mattress and smart door lock, what's next? A smart trash can, of course. Bruno is the latest home accessory to be elevated to "smart" status, but it doesn't track your waste or alert you when you accidentally throw away a recyclable. It does have a motion-sensing top, and alerts you when it's trash pickup day and when you're low on bags. But its most attractive feature has to be the built-in vacuum.

That's right, no more scooting around the kitchen and dining room sweeping up innumerable crumbs and the occasional lentil. The Bruno has a small ground-level opening that turns on automatically when you sweep things into it — a hidden vacuum sucks up the target items and you go about your business without aggravating your aching back.


If you sweep the kitchen every day (as we all do, of course), this could end up saving quite a bit of time. One caveat — the Bruno uses proprietary garbage bags you'll have to order from them, though they don't seem too expensive.

The creators of Bruno are looking for $50,000 on Kickstarter, but it's more or less a discounted pre-order opportunity: The device will cost $229 when it hits retail, but you can pick one up for as little as $149 if you move fast.



—Devin Coldewey