Smart Trash Can Works to End Food Waste

Developers at Winnow Vision may have figured out a preventive solution for food waste. The second generation of their smart trash can, currently operating in all of IKEA’s UK and Ireland locations, uses AI to photograph, identify and assign a cost to the food that’s tossed. Annual food waste costs about $1.2 trillion, but if the trash can is able to identify trends in consumption …

Farewell to Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA

Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad has passed away at 91 years old. Kamprad started IKEA in 1943 when he was just 18 years old, naming it as an acronym of his own initials and the name of the farm he lived on (Elmtaryd) and the nearest village (Agunnaryd). Initially he sold products via mail order, but opened his first brick and mortar store in 1958. …

IKEA Designs Furniture for Pets

With treehouse-hideaways, scratching mats, beds and more, IKEA’s first-ever furniture range designed specifically for pets was created in collaboration with a vet, in order to make sure animals’ needs were accounted for. Designed by Inma Bermudéz, the pet-friendly Lurvig collection includes 62 items. Bermudéz says, “The piece that I’m most proud of is a pet cushion: we encourage owners to fill it with their old …