Credit: Intuitive AI

Intuitive AI developed a workplace sanitization and wellness station when COVID-19 struck

From sorting household waste to battling infection, its algorithms help us make better decisions

Intuitive AI founders and SFU graduates Hassan Murad and Vivek Vyas were looking for a way to help solve the waste crisis. To that end, they developed an AI application named Oscar (after the Sesame Street character) that attaches to any bin and uses a camera, an ultrasonic sensor and an algorithm to tell people which section of the receptacle to put their garbage and recycling in.

In the wake of COVID-19, the pair pivoted to Oscar Hygiene, whose workplace sanitization and wellness station does touchless temperature readings and check-ins. Maclean’s put Vancouver-based Intuitive on its 2018 list of 10 Canadian startups that could be billion-dollar breakouts in the next year. So far, that remains to be seen, but it doesn’t mean the prediction is trash.