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This Recycling Robot Uses Artificial Intelligence To Sort Your Recyclables


In 2011, the Finnish company ZenRobotics was first on the waste management scene with their robotic waste sorter. Their system used a combination of computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) to run synchronized robotic arms to sort and pick recycled materials from moving conveyor belts. The company broke ground with recycling stations that were tied together in a neural network and the AI learned, from real-time feeds providing data from metal sensors, 3D laser cameras and spectroscopic cameras, to select and sort the right items from the belt. Sadako Technologies has been working on an AI-infused garbage sorting systems on a smaller scale than Zen Robotics. The company also uses proprietary algorithms that connect to a multi-layer neural network system which lives in the cloud.

Recycling robots debut in Florida


Deployed for healthcare, environmental and even bartending duties around the world, robots have just been enlisted to sort through waste flowing through a Florida recycling plant, where they perform faster and safer than humanly possible. The 14 high-speed, precision robots installed this summer at Single Stream Recyclers (SSR) in Sarasota are guided by an artificial intelligence platform that applies computer vision and machine learning to direct the robots' rapid-fire movements. "The average human can pick 30-40 items per minute. The robots can pick 80 items per minute," said John Hansen, co-owner of SSR, which processes materials from numerous Southwest Florida communities at its nearly 100,000-square-foot recovery facility. Developed by Denver-based AMP Robotics, the robots identify and sort plastics, cartons, paper, cardboard, metals and other materials streaming through their cube-like housing.

How Recycling Robots are Transforming the Waste Management Industry


The world is a gigantic landfill! Everyday tons of waste are generated from various households, hospitals, industries, construction and demolition sites and more. While today we have numerous ways to get rid of the accumulated waste, it still ends up affecting the safety and sustainability of the ecological system. Therefore, the best alternative is to reuse and recycle as much waste as possible. And offering an extra pair of hand in this are waste sorting and recycling robots.

These Earth-Saving Robots Might Be The Future Recyclers

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Apple's new robot, Liam, is designed to disassemble iPhones for recycling purposes. Meet Liam, an Apple robot designed to take apart 1.2 million iPhones a year. Mashable reporter Samantha Murphy Kelly got a first look at the robot at Apple's headquarters. It has 29 arms and it was an Apple secret for three years. "Liam is programmed to carefully disassemble the many pieces of returned iPhones, such as SIM card trays, screws, batteries and cameras, by removing components bit by bit so they'll all be easier to recycle.

Recycling with robotic sorting and artificial intelligence - Sustaining Our World


We toss our recycling into a single container. Sorting it is monotonous and potentially dangerous work for humans. Some manufacturers have developed robotic sorting systems. This infant technology has enormous potential. They don't need breaks or vacations (except occasional down-time for routine maintenance).