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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
This cute glowing wheelie bin solves bin day confusion by lighting up the colour of the bin you need to put out.
Avoid leaving smelly rubbish sitting around because you put out the wrong bin, or forget entirely. End the "What colour bin is it this week?" conversations. Forget having to navigate the council website.
Some households have up to 6 different bins for separating waste and recycling. You have to put out the correct bin out, or potentially wait weeks for the waste to be collected.
The hardware is a fully working prototype, this kickstarter is to carry out production runs and build out the required software to interface with different areas. Multiple UK councils and Government departments have already expressed an interest in opening their data directly to BinDayCator, we are actively talking to them. For any that don't the device use the same council website that you use now, but automatically.
We'll add data where possible and if not available you can still set a calendar manually.
Plug it in and connect to it with your smartphone or laptop and you will be able to access the built in interface to configured details such as your address and options. Once configured you can just leave it to do it's job :-)
Up to 4 lights can be displayed simultaneously for households that have potentially 4 bins to put out on a single day. The lights can display any colour and the brightness will be configurable. You can also use it as a reminder for non-bin events or just leave it in "party" mode and watch the animated rainbow effect.
IFTTT integration is planned, meaning you could also use this as a general purpose indicator.
Button lid: The lid acts as a button that you can press to indicate you've put the bin out, at which point the light will go out to show it's been done so you don't have to ask "Has anyone put the bin out?!"
Risks and challenges
Each geographical/council area has a different way of presenting data, a large part of the work in this project will be creating a service that provides bin data using the following approaches:
1) Where possible use the data provided by the council/local government. We will contact councils to ask if they can present their data in a more open and accessible way if they do not already. Multiple council areas have already agreed to work with us.
2) Potentially provide a central point for councils to update their bin schedules. This will save them needing to create and host their own bin pages.
3) Data from back office system/other providers. Many councils use third party systems, we can get data directly from these systems.
4) Crowd source data - where other approaches are not available users will be able to add the data for their area, and this will ripple to other bins in the area.
5) The user can manually set a calendar for notifications if they prefer or if the above methods aren't available for their area.
You love the idea of BinDayCator and want to help encourage Councils to make their data open, but can't pledge for the full product. We appreciate your support and will put your name in the Hall of Fame and keep you in the loop with exclusive updates as we continue the journey!