University of Bedfordshire student Chukwuagoziem Anosike received praise from Biztech BrightSparc Awards judges for his Smart Household Bin project.
The bin has a sensor which automatically opens once a hand is detected and closes after the hand is not detected. It was judged the winner of the Most Innovative Student Technology Project at the award ceremony at MKEX Technology Exhibition in Milton Keynes in June 2016.
Award judges praised it as a good fit to the SmartCity agenda, which has the potential to deliver real benefit to a broad range of user groups. The project utilises the MKSmart project to gain feedback from SMEs and this was a positive aspect of the entry.
This project is innovative as it opens a whole new perspective on how household bins are used in the environment. Also, the project can be applied in various sectors like the hospitals, elderly people's homes and community bins.
So far, there has been a development of a prototype which automatically opens and closes when a user is trying to insert trash. A light on the bin shows the location of the bin at night when a user is trying to put in trash without the need to switch the light on.
The main focus is to create a hygienic environment for people to live in, reduce the rate at which people come in contact with germs and introduce a user-friendly bin for the elderly and disabled users.
This in turn, helps create healthy living for users.
The automated bin incorporates several electronic sensors, which enhances interaction and accessibility of the bin. It also reduces the need to frequently touch waste bins, hence,reducing the chance of germ contamination.
The smart household bin is not only an example of a smart city device, but it also has the ability to improve the lives of residents.
There has been a lot of positive feedback, especially from companies that are involved in the MK:Smart project, to the prototype. It is hoped that the project can be further developed.
The Most Innovative Student Technology Project category was sponsored by Transport Systems Catapult.