08569980 is referenced by 20 patents and cites 368 patents.

A trash can include a sensor for detecting the presence of an object near a portion of the trash can. The detection of the object can be used to signal the trash can to open its lid. The trash can include an electronic drive unit for opening and closing the lid.

Title
Trash can with power operated lid
Application Number
12/24946
Publication Number
8569980 (B2)
Application Date
February 1, 2008
Publication Date
October 29, 2013
Inventor
Yoon J Kim
Long Beach
CA, US
Myk Wayne Lum
Irvine
CA, US
Tzu Hao Wei
Hacienda Heights
CA, US
Frank Yang
Rancho Palos Verdes
CA, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
simplehuman
CA, US
IPC
H02P 3/00
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