Because most ordinary people do not know what items are recyclable and reusable as well as what steps to take with these materials, we aim to educate people about what they use and to ultimately #make*sustainability*thenewnormal.
What it does
Our solution is a mobile application that advises users about the items they want to dispose. Users upload pictures of their object and Envisor immediately identifies it as “recyclable” and “non-recyclable.” When an item is recyclable, a list of centers that accept that material is suggested along with their hours and contact. Envisor delivers convenience and simplicity to those who care about the environment.
How we built it
The technologies we used include cloud computing, application programming interfaces (APIs), and front-end development. Our team of 6 was split into front-end and back-end development.
Challenges we ran into
Our biggest ordeal was trying to capturing an image from an iOS camera and sending it to the Google Cloud was difficult due to its precedence. Some mentors had opposing advices, so having to research and testing what is the more efficient method was challenging.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Each team member had a unique experience during the hackathon because of the way we divided the tasks. Half of the team are first-time hackers and 4/6 of us have never built an app. We are proud of our ideating, troubleshooting, and programming. We stayed organized and motivated the entire time!
What we learned
What's next for Envisor
User rewards incentivize sustainable habits by rewarding users for how much they recycle: users upload receipts to prove their activities and earn points toward prizes Location in real time of where the item is teach about the recycling system: users are able to track the journey of their recyclables from disposal to recreation Analyze any kind of object expand the databases: any object can be detected and users are guided through all options of what actions to take