E-COmate: What’s Your Non-consumption?

  • Veranika LimEmail author
  • Mathias Funk
  • Matthias Rauterberg
  • Lucio Marcenaro
  • Carlo Regazzoni
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9094)


Most people lack awareness and hence understanding about how food-related behavior affects the environment. This commonly results in unsustainable food-related decision making, such as food waste. We propose E-COmate, an augmented bin that measures the weight of food waste through a USB postal scale, a bin and a Raspberry Pi with a Wi-Fi module, and give direct feedback to its users through a tablet by visualizing metaphorical units of the weighted food waste. We intend explore the use of E-COmate in redirecting behavior through transparency, visibility and social influence strategies like social comparison. In this paper, we present our concept, implementation, design rationale and plan of research which we expect to provide insights into the potential of eco-feedback integrated in smart home technology for food sustainability.


Eco-feedback Food sustainability Social interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veranika Lim
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mathias Funk
    • 1
  • Matthias Rauterberg
    • 1
  • Lucio Marcenaro
    • 2
  • Carlo Regazzoni
    • 2
  1. 1.Designed Intelligence Group, Department of Industrial DesignEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications Engineering and Naval ArchitectureUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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