the James Dyson Award is an international design award aimed at inspiring the next generation of design engineers; it was launched by the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner and is aimed at students in the field of product and industrial design. Currently the Submissions this year which are already presented on the award website.
In addition to more theoretical design ideas, there are also working designs with a DIY character, such as the intelligent ones Garbage sorter Racoon of the students Kevin Tu and Rene Carballo from the Rice University in Texas. A Raspberry Pi with a camera determines whether the thrown packaging contains easily recyclable components and transports it to two waste bins. The system should also encourage the user to pay more attention to the recyclability of the waste.
According to their own information, the student team built the Racoon in just two weeks. The decisive factor for the development were lawsuits from the waste disposal company commissioned by the university, which often rejected usable material because of contamination or foreign substances.