Can machines teach humans to be better at recycling plastic?

TrashML

Winner of TartanHacks 2018 Grand Prize

We spent 24 hours to create an AI powered trash can that teaches people and communties to improve our recycling habbits.

Client

TartanHacks

Duration

24 hours

My Team

Killian Huang
Akshat Prakash
Hale Knopka

My Role

Team Lead
Prototyping
Conceptualization
Mechanism Design

Concept Video

Oppurtunity

“Is this recyclable?”

Most people do not know what items could be locally recycled.

Some items like coffee cups may look bio-degradable, but they're not. Other items like glass bottles are not recyclable because some cities lacks the facilities to do so. Ultimately, knowing and remembering what can and cannot be recycle is an impossible task for a human.

Planning

Helping our team to understand our strengths and vision

10% of our time was dedicated to planning. We audited our skills and the tecnologies we want to play with. After visualising a few concepts and evaluating its complexity, we collaboratively built a tiered MVP plan for our project.

Auditing our skills and our interests.

The collaborative blueprint for our MVP

Building

Results

Create social incentive for proper recycling

See how your dorm or school stacks up against others!

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Next Experiment: FlexboxML