Fast furniture is becoming a big problem globally. In the UK it is evidenced by the 22m pieces of furniture thrown out every year. Consumerism has led to a throw away culture, especially with the popularity of disposable flatpack furniture.
With Covid we have the opportunity to rectify this. Waste centres are closed and all of us are staying at home more, with many also working from home.
This means we are constantly at home in the same space, which we may want refreshed. We can use the extra free time to look at how we can renew furniture we are considering throwing out to do this.
What it does
Uppi let’s you transform your room and restyle your existing furniture using in-App augmented reality. We give you the inspiration to transform tired furniture, give them a new lease on life and create a new look to the room as a whole.
How we built it
We used TensorFlow to create a model to incorporate Machine Learning (ML) into our product.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into technical difficulties when trying to implement the model. It took a while finding a suitable dataset and cutting it down, in order to be used as part of our model.
After creating an appropriate dataset, it was challenging to load them into the colab as debugging the large image dataset (1000+ images) was not easy especially over cloud.
We struggled in creating a deployable web app that incorporated the imported ML model.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Created a working prototype of Uppi App
Achieved a 99% accuracy after training the model. We could run the ML model on real-life photos with backgrounds and still managed to get them correctly classified.
What we learned
Learnt how to build a Machine Learning model for an image classifier from scratch (from the Cisco AI workshop).
Understanding UI and creating a working prototype on Figma. The challenges that we are facing and how we can contribute to Circular economy through innovation.
What's next for Uppi
DIY Kits and Online Tutorials - Livestreaming and on-demand videos UPPI Upcycling Furniture Service - click and collect system where we pick up your furniture and upcycle for you UPPI Upcycled Furniture for sale UPPI Designer Connect Service - integrating designers and creators with the community