Exhibit Code: GLE-301
Zone: Engineering Park
Location: James E. Gleason Hall (GLE/009) - 3410
Time: All Day
The New York Times reports that an average American family of four will account for more than 120 pounds of food waste per month and that 27 percent of all food available will be lost to waste. In addition, other resources are lost due to inefficient shopping practices: Forgetting common items or special trips for recipe ingredients waste time and fuel. A system is required for shoppers to ensure their purchases are used before expiration and to assist in planning of grocery shopping trips. The objective of this project is to design a prototype that will allow a user to track food items in order to reduce waste and improve shopping efficiency. The system will remind the user about items nearing their expiration date and track the frequency of purchased items. From this frequency calculation the system will suggest typical shopping lists. A mobile phone application will provide an interface to the unit to view or create shopping lists and to query inventory.
Steven Strapp, Ben Reeves, Dustin Stroup