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Smart Recycle / Smart Recycling

Smart Recycle
Smart Recycle

Smart Recycle is designed for the student (K-12), placed in a school setting to educate students about recycling. Using automated machine learning system recognition, Smart Recycling identifies the product that the user is throwing away and directs the user to the right trashcan.

The character on the big screen will show a delightful emotion if the user throws their trash in the right trash, providing them credits to exchange. However, if the student throws in the wrong trash, then the character will show a sad face, making the student feel a little guilty, empathizing with the student to make the right choice next time.


University of Illinois

University of Illinois
Urbana, United States

KunYuan Wen,
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Andrea Worthington Renee,
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Nicole Dowling,
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign