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This trash can uses artificial intelligence to sort your recycling for you

This trash can uses artificial intelligence to sort your recycling for you


SAN FRANCISCO (Circa) -- You’re probably not recycle as much as you should be. The good news is that this Wi-Fi-connected, artificial intelligence trash can -- which can sort your recycling for you -- is now a thing.

Oscar, as it's called, just launched on Kickstarter from tech company Autonomous. It uses two cameras and noise sensors to detect the garbage you place -- one piece at a time -- inside of its Classifying Capsule and then sorts it into either its trash or recycling bins.

"The recycling rate in the world is only 9 percent [for plastics]," Autonomous Communications Manager Cian Duggan said. "The problem isn’t that [people] don’t want to recycle, it’s that they just don’t know how to do it properly."

Right now, Oscar reads things like food, paper, styrofoam, cans, bottles and soft plastics, but its smarts are meant to be ever-learning. If you feed it an item it can't properly detect, you can pass that information on to every other Oscar via an online neural network so they all know how to handle that same item in the future.

Autonomous says Oscar is currently known to have trouble with things like glass and electronics, but the company expects its network of trash cans to learn the ropes on those things over time.

The $799 Oscar for homes and offices is set to ship in October. However, the company plans to to take on the global recycling rate in a bigger way. They may launch larger, commercial-sized versions in the future.

"We’re thinking about public spaces, businesses, outside of the home in general," Duggan said. "Oscar is the first step we’re going to take in really combining AI and sustainability in creating just a greener world in general."

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