Over a long period of staying at home, we began to question the environmental impact of the shipping boxes used for online shopping. As a result, we decided to pursue an app that could monitor the exact environmental impact we had, on a constant day to day basis.
What it does
It monitors your carbon footprint, through the input of common disposable items. This augments your daily carbon footprint, which will then be reflected in a data visualization of your eco-friendliness and your relative environmental performance compared to others.
How I built it
We used Android Studio and Java in the development of this application.
Challenges I ran into
There were a lot of challenges that we experienced. For example, this was our first time creating anything with a user interface and trying to design something both aesthetic and functional served as an initial obstacle. We also struggled with data visualization and using many of the functionalities in Android, as they differed significantly from the implementations we had used before.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We're proud of creating software in aspiration of social good and environmental accountability. Beyond that, we're also proud of learning how to develop an Android application for the first time during this hackathon, design a user interface, and gain our first experience in development.
What I learned
We learned the appalling significance of our trash on the environment and what we can do to minimize our impact. We also learned how to navigate Android Studio, as well as gain a better perspective of the process of software development.
What's next for trash tracker
Through the TensorFlow.js workshop, we came to realize how powerful it is and were inspired to expand upon our project. We intend on utilizing it and computer vision to provide easier logging inputs for the user. Further, we intend on using the data logged in the future to provide smart suggestions on how we can be more environmentally conscious and further alleviate our impact.
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