Creating an environmentally friendly campus for UW students has numerous benefits on health and stress levels. In order to achieve this, students need to take an active role in keeping the campus clean. Due to a lack of knowledge, many students confuse the disposal of every day objects, putting most of the items in the garbage when they should be placed in the compost or recycle bin. Not only will this cause our landfills to grow at a higher rate, sending compost to landfills where there is no oxygen can cause methane to be released when broken down. Methane is an incredible potent and dangerous greenhouse gas. Waterloo's carbon footprint does not end on campus, but continues to the landfill through the incorrect disposal of waste by students.
What it does
The app captures a photo of an item to be thrown out and uses Google's cloud Vision-API to identify the object. Recyclops then classifies and informs the user of where the item should be placed.
How we built it
We used Google's cloud Vision-API and Android studio to build the app.
Challenges we ran into
Integrating Google's vision-API and sending the request was difficult. Additionally it was a challenge to figure out how to use the phone's camera system to capture and encode the picture.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We completed a working app that can identify objects and which disposal location an item should be placed.
What we learned
How to use Google's vision-API, sending request, and using the device's camera system.
What's next for Recyclops
Scaling Recyclops to grow outside of the Waterloo region would require an AI system to be able to grow its data base for different locations and items. In the future we hope to integrate incentives for user usage such as a leader board and scoring.