AI Case Study
Intuitive AI develops system that tells you how to sort your garbage in real time using computer vision
Oscar, the product developed by Intuitive AI, uses machine vision to identify and categorise garbage. Its AI-powered camera is capable of recognising the items in a user's hands, based on the thousands of images of garbage that it has been trained with. Through it display, it advises users where to dispose each item. The computer vision system behind Oscar is currently being tested in places like airports and universities, according to the founder of the company.
"Oscar is a trash-sorting system with a 32-inch display and AI-powered camera that recognizes the items in your hand and tells you how to properly dispose of them. Approach with a Thai noodle box, for example, and it will tell you to throw the remaining food into compost and put the box in the trash.
Succeed in sorting your garbage and Oscar can say “Good job!,” shower the screen with confetti, and share a QR code for some sort of perk, like a movie ticket or food discount. Get it wrong and Oscar can be a real grouch, making sounds of disapproval and displaying a dark red screen with a sign that calls you out for the mistake.
Oscar was created by Intuitive AI, a startup with plans to sell its solution to corporate social responsibility teams and property managers in busy settings such as airports, universities, and large corporate campuses.
Oscar sorts trash using a computer vision system currently being tested in an airport in Vancouver, Canada as well as places like Simon Fraser University. A solution for residential settings is also being explored with the cities of Toronto and Vancouver, Intuitive AI CEO Hassan Murad said during a presentation at Deep Learning Summit held last week in San Francisco.
Jokingly referred to as WasteNet inside the company, thousands of images of garbage that can be sorted into hundreds of categories was collected through dumpster diving. The system is being trained to recognize trash items from partially visible visual cues, like when a person’s hand is grasping a Coke can or a crumpled-up bag of chips, Murad said."
Proof of concept; results not yet available
"Oscar sorts trash using a computer vision system currently being tested in an airport in Vancouver, Canada as well as places like Simon Fraser University."
Correct disposal of trash and recycling is an urgent matter for our planet in order to tackle climate change and preserve our environment.