about 1 year ago by 10djsteph
Which problem are you trying to solve?
Industrialized countries waste $680 billion worth of food annually. All of the land, water, and energy used to produce
that food is also wasted. Put simply, we throw away too much.
How are you going to solve the problem?
Our goal is to incentivize reducing consumer food waste through economic savings and convenience.
What is the impact of your project?
The average American family throws away $2000 worth of food per year. We hope to make that number exceptionally smaller
while simultaneously adding value to the consumer's lives.
How can the project be manufactured in the OpenLab?
The hardware component that attaches to the refrigerator can be manufactured in the OpenLab. We need help with
manufacturing both the hardware and electrical components.
Describe your project in detail
Most of us throw away too much food. Whether due to our busy lives, overestimating the amount of food we need, or not
knowing how to use the food we have in stock. We have trouble using all the food we buy. We solve that through
INventory. A product that brings a more affordable and sustainable option to the smart refrigerator. INventory connects
with grocery stores at checkout, sending detailed information about the food you buy to the mobile application. This
information is used to keep track of expiration dates, warn you when food is expiring, and connect you to recipes to
figure out how to use soon-to-be expiring food. Overall it provides a convenient organizational tool which guides you
into making smart decisions to make more efficient use of your food. In turn, this greatly reduces your individual food
waste. INventory consists of two components: a mobile application and a hardware device. The mobile application is
designed to connect you to recipes, expiration dates, and recalled food warnings. The hardware component is the physical
device that attaches to your refrigerator like a large magnet, turning your normal refrigerator into a smart
refrigerator. It does this by giving you visual feedback and warning signals to how far the food is from expiring. The
device uses combinations of green, yellow and red LED lights to communicate with the consumer. As we recognize the need
for sustainability, consumers are looking for devices to correct their habits while adding value to their lives. When
policy fails, it is up to the free market and consumer incentive to help reconnect us to our planet. Join us in reducing