Bruno is One Smart Trash Can — Plus a Vacuum



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Your home is getting smarter. Internet and app-connected gadgets are popping up in every area or your life from everyday activities like unlocking your door to your fashion. With all the new “smart” gadgets coming out on the market, someone was bound to make a smart trash can.

Well, two inventors have, and they call their creation the Bruno Smartcan.

Jim Howard and Lori Montag, the creators of the Bruno trash can vacuum, are self-proclaimed serial inventors. The pair have collaborated for years bringing popular products to market like Slapwatch or more notably Zanybandz, the silicone rubber band bracelets that looked like animals or geometric shapes that were trending in children’s fashion some years back.

Now, the duo has brought their newest creation to Kickstarter in an attempt to establish the Bruno brand in the U.S. and abroad. Whether they accomplish this goal or not, the campaign has successfully raised more than $92,000 with several weeks left to go.

The Bruno trash can vacuum boasts handy features designed to alleviate some of the more irritating aspects of dealing with household debris. Frustrated with running out of trash bags? Forgot it was garbage day … again? Back sore from bending down with a broom and dust pan? Maybe Bruno is the solution. At least that’s what the claims say.

The Smartcan connects to your phone via an app for Android and iOS. The app will send you reminders letting you know you are low on trash bags or if it’s trash collection day. These are the only two things the app does, but perhaps they are the only two things you would want your trash can to do.

For more information on Bruno check out the Kickstarter video below:

Bruno has a built-in trash bag storage pod, charging station, and filtration system. The storage pod keeps trash bags handy and fits standard 13 gallon kitchen bags. Bruno does offer its own custom fit bags you can order if you are so inclined.

The Bruno trash can vacuum is battery operated. This is a nice feature so you don’t have to worry about a trashcan with a cord. The company claims the can’s 18-volt battery can last up to 30 days on a single charge. Bruno is also fitted with a motion sensing lid so you can open the can hands free on the occasion you don’t have a hand to spare.

But perhaps the best built in feature is an integrated vacuum so you don’t have to bend over with a dustpan. The company boasts Bruno’s strong yet quiet vortex suction will vacuum up dust and deposit debris straight into the trash bag.



Bruno is a departure from Howard and Montag’s usual pop fashion products. But for a duo that claims to be always looking for the next trend, maybe a smart home gadget is not be that far off.

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Tabby McFarland


Tabby McFarland Tabby McFarland is a staff writer and web researcher for Small Business Trends. As a staff writer she specializes in social media, technology, special interest features, and e-commerce. A geek at heart, Tabby loves to be online interacting with the blogging community. Tabby is a WAHM (work at home mom) and is also an avid Pinterest enthusiast with a strong sense of style and creativity.

One Reaction

  1. So many technology powered appliances lately. With this, it may not be far until we have a house powered by robots and technology. I don’t know if that is a good thing though as it encourages people to be lazy.

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