LIVINGSTON, NJ —When Team AIR of Livingston Robotics Club showcased its invention at the two-day World Maker Faire event in New York on Oct. 1-2, the team was among more than 950 exhibitors and received the Editor's Choice Award for its project.
AIR (Artificial Intelligent Recycler) is an automated trash bin in public places that allows users to put combined trash and recyclables together. The machine, which runs on Raspberry Pi, will automatically take recyclables into a separate bin.
The organizer of the event, Maker Faire, is an "all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors," according to the MAKE magazine. Three annual flagship Maker Faires are Maker Faire Bay Area in California, and National Maker Faire in Washington DC every spring; and World Maker Faire in New York every fall.
At the end of the two-day event, staff of the MAKE magazine selected their favorite projects and handed out the Editor's Choice and Excellent in Education awards. Team AIR was picked as one of the blue ribbon Editor's Choice winners.
Team AIR regularly participates in FIRST LEGO League competition as part of the Livingston Robotics Club by the name of "Team Spongebot". Currently, the team is comprised of Diego Bolanos, Collin Eagen, Revant Maridi, Peter Molzer, Paxton Nithikasem, Tien Rattanasoontorn, Ton Rattanasoontorn and Guang-Lin Wei, all are students of Livingston Public School.