French company Uzer's 'Eugene' is a waste bin with a smart twist. One of the biggest barriers stopping people from recycling, tragically enough, is that many people simply don't know what can be recycled and what should be thrown into the trash. Eugene is able to recognize the packaging for nearly any product, and it can tell its owner which receptacle it should go in.
Eugene works through the use of a barcode scanner. When consumers press down the pedal to open the mouth, they can place the packaging under that scanner, and the smart bin will analyze it. It can then tell them which part of the packaging goes in which receptacle. Eugene also comes with a smartphone app that can track what's been thrown away and create a grocery list so its owner can replenish their stocks.
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