Auto-Trash, a Raspberry Pi-powered trashcan that can automatically sort waste by type, made its debut at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York. Equipped with a Raspberry Pi module and a camera, Auto-Trash uses image recognition to distinguish and sort items.
Currently, the trash can is set up to sort compostable and recyclable items, but its design team hopes to expand its functionality in the near future.
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No, Auto-Trash does not mean wrappers and french fries lingering on the floor of your car. Auto-Trash is a Raspberry Pi-powered trashcan that can automatically sort items by type.
It works by using a Raspberry Pi module equipped with a camera to “see” each item placed on top of the can’s rotating top. Using image recognition—powered by their own custom software model built on top of Google’s TensorFlow AI engine—the smart trash can is able to distinguish items and rotate the top accordingly to drop them into the correct areas of a partitioned can.