over 7 years 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
food waste.


Omarhasayn89 over 7 years ago
A wonderful project ... It is possible to apply the process of registration of food validity through a scanner that
scans the encrypted code of the product .. It is also possible to calculate the amount of consumption, which gives tips
to the user about the quantities required in the future so that there is a surplus of food
TechUser over 7 years ago
Interesting! Might it be possible to connect the Inventory with your smartphone? Furthermore, Inventory could inform the
user about ways to share the food with others (before the expiration date).
10djsteph (Submitter) over 7 years ago
@Omarhasayn89 Thanks for the comment. With INventory we work directly with the grocery stores to scan from the checkout
to the mobile application. It gives us more valuable information and details than normal barcode scanners provide. It
also takes away the hassle of scanning individual items from the consumer side.
10djsteph (Submitter) over 7 years ago
@TechUser I appreciate the observation. The mobile application component of INventory is designed to do exactly that.
The application can be hooked up to the unlimited potential of the web including but not limited to: recipes with the
food in your inventory, calorie counting, meal and grocery list planning, and other useful devices such as your
suggestion (food sharing). Sustainability through incentive is the main issue we are trying to address, once that is
addressed and we can prove value to the customer we can start moving forward with other details of consumer
sustainability. The physical product, as pictured above, is designed to give visual feedback. The mobile application is
the heart of the project. Thanks for the feedback. Cheers!
yassineaskri over 7 years ago
Precious project , it is true we suffer from food waste , we should know what exactly we need , awesome and economical
idea, but try to focus on detection food date expiration , good luck !