AI powered smart bin detects items you throw away the most often using a camera, a set of scales and the same technology in self-driving cars
- The Winnow Vision bin is the creation of a Milton Keynes-based technology firm
- They are working with IKEA to bring their smart product to the UK and Ireland
- The system is pre-programmed to recognise the most thrown away food items
- Over time it will automatically recognise new food with no human interaction
Food waste could become a thing of the past thanks to an AI powered smart bin that let’s you know the type of items you throw away most regularly.
The system uses a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in self-driving cars.
It comes pre-programmed with common items and learns to recognise different foods being thrown away regularly.
It uses this information to calculate the financial and environmental cost of this wasted food, so that you can tailor your next food order accordingly.
The smart bin is currently aimed at commercial kitchens but could one day be a common feature in people’s homes, the firm hopes.
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Food waste could become a thing of the past thanks to an AI powered smart bin that let’s you know the type of items you throw away most regularly. This image shows the control panel of the sytem
The system uses a camera, a set of smart scales and the same type of machine learning technology found in self-driving cars. This image shows a concept of the system at work
The Winnow Vision bin is the creation of Milton Keynes-based firm Winnow, who are working with IKEA to bring the product to the UK and Ireland.
Winnow Vision can already recognise most food items and can be trained to learn other menu items in any kitchen.
During the training and automation phases, the Winnow Vision system takes human input, providing a shortlist of possible menu items for kitchen staff to select, to quickly improve its predictions based on their feedback.
Over time, the system continues to improve and will automatically recognise food with no human interaction.
The system will report back to chefs to let them know what is happening in their kitchens, helping cut food waste and save money.
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Marc Zornes, CEO of the company, says: ‘Food waste is a global issue, and one that kitchens around the world are struggling with.
‘Without visibility into what is being wasted, kitchens are wasting far more food than they think. By understanding and reporting food waste’s very real costs –both to the bottom line and the environment –Winnow Vision empowers chefs to take action.
‘Using technology that learns and improves with each use, Winnow Vision has the ability to tackle food waste on a global scale.
‘Globally, a third of all food never reaches our forks. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after the USA and China.’
The smart bin comes pre-programmed with common items and learns to recognise different foods being thrown away regularly. It is currently aimed at commercial kitchens (pictured) but could one day be a common feature in people’s homes, the firm hopes
Food waste costs the global economy around £760 million ($1trillion) in lost earnings – equivalent to around 1.5 per cent of global GDP.
It accounts for between five and 15 per cent of all food purchased, with some kitchens wasting up to 20 per cent of all the food they buy.
It costs the hospitality industry alone around £75 billion ($100bn) every year.
The launch follows a proof of concept phase launched in January 2018 with early adopter partners IKEA and Emaar Hospitality Group, to test Winnow Vision’s technology in leading commercial kitchens around the world.
The pilot proved that Winnow Vision is more accurate than people at recording food waste.
The firm says it has helped commercial kitchens save more than £22 million ($30m) in food costs each year, preventing more than 23 million meals going in the bin.
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