BinCam

BinCam is a collaborative research project between the Digital Interaction group at Newcastle University, LiSC at Lincoln University (Prof. Shaun Lawson) and the the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Nicole Krämer).

BinCam is a social persuasive system - developed by Jack Weeden and Ashur Rafiev - to monitor individuals’ food waste and recycling behavior. BinCam is a two-part system designed to increase individuals’ awareness of their food waste and recycling behaviour. It uses a standard kitchen bin augmented with a mobile phone to automatically capture and log an individual’s waste management activity. Photos are tagged using a crowd sourcing service and uploaded to the BinCam application on a social network site, which encourages playful engagement and reflection upon a user’s personal bin data. People can review and share communications about the bin-related behaviour of themselves and others. Applying Facebook as a platform for reflection offers the potential to engage individuals to regularly use the application.

For more information about the project, visit its website: BinCam Website

More information can also be found here:

Comber, R., Thieme, A., Rafiev, A., Taylor, N., Krämer, N., & Olivier, P. (2013). BinCam: designing for engagement with Facebook for behavior change. In Proc. INTERACT (to appear), 2-6th September, Cape Town, South Africa.


Comber, R., & Thieme, A. (2012). Designing beyond habit: opening space for improved recycling and food waste behaviors through processes of persuasion, social influence and aversive affect. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing . doi:10.1007/s00779-012-0587-1


Comber, R., Thieme, A., Ganglbauer, E., Rafiev, A., Taylor, N., Fitzpatrick & Olivier, P. (2012). Persuading or probing: Technology designs to promote reflection on food waste in everyday life. DIS 2012 Demonstration , June 11-15, Newcastle, UK.


Thieme, A., Comber, R., Taylor, N., Rafiev, A., & Olivier, P. (2012). BinCam - A Social Persuasive System to Improve Waste Behaviors. CHI 2012 Interactivity, May 8, Austin, Texas.


Thieme, A., Comber, R., Miebach, J., Weeden, J., Krämer, N., Lawson, J., & Olivier, P. (2012). "We've Bin watching you" - Designing for reflection and social persuasion to promote sustainable lifestyles. In Proc. CHI2012, 2337-2346. PDF


Weeden, J., Thieme, A., & Miebach, J. (2011). BinCam - Waste Logging for Behavioural Change. BSC HCI 2011 Interactive Experience, July 4-8, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. PDF


Thieme, A., Weeden, J., Krämer, N., Lawson, S., & Olivier, P. (2011). BinCam: Waste Logging for Behavioral Change. CHI Workshop Personal Informatics and HCI: Design, Theory, and Social Implications, May 7-12, Vancouver, BC, Canada. PDF