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Articles mapping out the future of waste. Blogs at www.garbologie.com
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Robots designed to clean up our streets

Robots designed to clean up our streets | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it
It sounds like something from a science fiction film, but the concept of robots cleaning our streets is becoming a reality with what is believed to be a world first.
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World first robotic recycling system to be introduced

World first robotic recycling system to be introduced | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

It was only a matter of time before somebody introduced a robotic recycling system. Developed by ZenRobotics (http://www.zenrobotics.com), the robot is claimed to provide enhanced sorting capabilities and replaces hand-picking at Materials Recovery Facilities.

 

The robot will be installed in February 2013. No doubt we will hear more about its success or otherwise.

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Recycling satellites - in space

Recycling satellites - in space | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

Here’s the vision: Launch a robotic mechanic outfitted with a toolkit that can rendezvous with defunct satellites and mine them for parts. The plan also calls for the separate launch of minisatellites. The robotic mechanic would then string together the minisatellites and old satellite parts to create a new communication system.

 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is spending $180 million to test technologies that could make this possible. It has 140 satellites to chose from.

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Robot Harvester Design For Gathering Rubbish from Shopping Centers | Tuvie

Robot Harvester Design For Gathering Rubbish from Shopping Centers | Tuvie | The Future of Waste | Scoop.it

This Robot Harvester (design only) is designed to automatically collect rubbish, similar to the robot vacuum cleaners around the home. It sweeps up small rubbish and picks up large rubbish with its manipulators. The unit then takes itself to an unloading bay.

 

You could see this being extended one day so that the robot does some refining of the rubbish collected, even generating its own energy from the rubbish.

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