Vesper Microphones to Power simplehuman’s Innovative Line of Sensor Trash Cans

Posted: January 03, 2019
Companies will introduce the next generation of voice-activated sensor can at CES.

BOSTON – (January 3, 2019) – Vesper, developer of the world’s most advanced acoustic sensors, today announced that its piezoelectric MEMS microphones will be embedded in the voice-activated sensor trash can from luxury housewares designer simplehuman. The brand will introduce the next-generation Sensor Can at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place in Las Vegas next week.

Vesper’s microphones are part of the latest integrations featured in simplehuman’s new sensor can with voice control, launching in late February 2019. The can offers a touch-free experience via motion sensor and voice controls. Just say, “open can,” and the lid opens automatically, removing friction during messy kitchen tasks. Three microphones triangulate sound for far-field voice recognition accuracy, even in loud, busy environments.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our products with quality materials and innovative technology,” said simplehuman CEO and Founder Frank Yang. “Vesper’s microphones provide the best low-power solution for our sensor cans, while increasing the accuracy of the voice recognition sensor. This effortless way to control the can further increases efficiency in the kitchen.”

Vesper’s piezoelectric MEMS microphones are designed to withstand real-world use in connected devices, such as contact with water, oil, beer, dust and particle contaminants, making them perfectly suited for the kitchen. They’re high-performance and enable acoustically rich experiences for any application — from sensor trash cans to wearables to IoT devices and even connected automobiles. They allow batteries to last longer due to Vesper’s proprietary ZeroPower Listening™, since it consumes virtually no power until turned on via a wake-word like simplehuman’s “open can” command.

“Battery-powered electronic devices are everywhere,” said Vesper CEO Matt Crowley. “The problem is that consumers still need to activate them using touch. By partnering with simplehuman, we’re removing physical contact with kitchen gadgets, redefining the concept of the smart home as we know it. Embedding Vesper’s microphones in a such a core component of human life – the trash can – is further proof that voice-interface devices are practical in any environment and can make our everyday lives easier.”

For the second consecutive year, Vesper has been named a CES Best of Innovation Honoree by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), this time for its innovative VM2020 microphone. The annual CES Innovation Awards program celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.

To learn more or demo the Sensor Can with Voice Control, visit Vesper at ShowStoppers or reach out to book a meeting at its Westgate suite via The can will also be on display at simplehuman’s CES booth #40817 in the Sands Expo.


About Vesper

Vesper is a privately held advanced sensor company based in Boston, Mass. With origins at the University of Michigan, Vesper’s award-winning microphones are driving a new era of pervasive voice interfaces and acoustic event-detection products via a proprietary piezoelectric MEMS technology. For more information, visit www.vespermems.comTwitterYouTube and Vesper Blog.

About simplehuman
simplehuman was founded in 2000 with the mission to reinvent the trash can. Today the Los Angeles-based company has expanded its vision to design “tools for efficient living” with more than 150 patented innovations. The simplehuman collection has received international design recognition and is available at a wide array of retailers and at To stay up to date with simplehuman, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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