Point and Reuse

app registry computer vision evaluating

An app that allows users to take a picture of any object, match it against the Universal Registry of Things and instantly evaluate or learn about its potential for reuse and upcycling.


The app allows citizens, members of zero waste initiatives, repair professionals or anyone interested to quickly evaluate the potential value of an object, and find information on how to reuse it.


  • Make/upload picture
    • *server-side computer vision matches against the database)
  • Browse by brand or type
  • Search

Relation to other concept ideas

Point and Reuse is mainly a user/citizen interface for the Universal Registry of Things.

Open Questions

  • How reliable are the computer vision possibilities?
  • Other ways to identify: serial number, RFID, qr code / barcode
  • Privacy / security (unintended effects)


to come

Main target groups

  1. Community Reuse
  2. Professional Repair
  3. Citizen / Household

Supporting Research Data

"So I guess- I don’t know about you guys really, but what I’ve noticed, there is a- For example, the food mixers I work on, these Kenwood Chefs, a lot of them, different variants. To replace those with the modern equivalent would be between £200 and £400. But the repair would be a tenth, roughly, to me, of that purchase. So the old item, it doesn’t matter how old it is, still has value."


Google Lens

Search what you see


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Plant identification apps

A list here:

Top free plant identification app picks

  1. PlantNet
  2. iNaturalist
  3. PlantSnap

Paid plant identification app picks

  1. PictureThis
  2. FlowerChecker
  3. Garden Compass

Other plant identification app picks

  1. Agrobase
  2. Plantix
  3. What’s That Flower

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EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508.