Team A.I.R.

Team A.I.R. of Livingston Robotics Club. We invented the Artificial Intelligence Recycler (A.I.R). AIR is an automated recycling machine, the size of a typical trash bin seen in food courts. The machine allows users to put combined trash and recyclables together to eliminate confusion of how to properly recycle. We wrote an application that uses computer vision on Raspberry Pi system to identify objects in the combined trash. The system communicated to a server written in Python to perform classification, thus, allowing the A.I.R. system to identify plastic bottles out of the trash. We also built a robotics arm with motors and LEGO parts to move the identified bottles into a separate bin. There is a component of Arduino to detect bottles in order to operate the bottle puncture component. This is the future of the automated trash bin in public places.

Email us: air (at)

Our team also competes in the FLL competition as Team Spongebot.

Team Achievements:

  • Our team received First Place Innovative Solution Award at the 2015-16 New Jersey FLL Championship Tournament
  • We was one of the 20 semi-finalists of the 2016 FLL Global Innovation Award held on June 20-22, 2016 at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • In June 2016, we gave a demo to Drew Hirshfeld, the Commissioner for Patents of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in front of the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum.
  • Our members became FLL Global Innovation Ambassadors and we continue to inspire other children

Team AIR Demo - Drew HirshfeldTeam AIR - Drew HirshfeldTeam AIR - Dean Kamen


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