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A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.

Title
Trash can with power operated lid
Application Number
13/40786
Publication Number
8686676 (B2)
Application Date
March 4, 2011
Publication Date
April 1, 2014
Inventor
Orlando Cardenas
Laguna Niguel
CA, US
Joseph Sandor
Santa Ana Heights
CA, US
Frank Yang
Rancho Palos Verdes
CA, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
simplehuman
CA, US
IPC
H02H 7/08
G05D 3/00
G05B 5/00
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