WasteShark Robot: Plastic-Eating Underwater
WasteShark Robot, WasteShark
WasteShark Robot: The ocean collects garbage. Not in any discerning, connoisseurial way--no, the ocean collects garbage with the enthusiasm of a hoarder, taking all trash put into it and holding on to it forever. To clean up a small part of this trash, Richard Hardiman of RanMarine us using small robots in Rotterdam that catch garbage before it works its way across the sea and into a great garbage patch. Hardiman’s weapons of choice are robots called “Waste Sharks,” and they come in both "Slim" and "Fatboy" models. Here, the Slim version of the Waste Shark eats an orange. Industrial design student Elie Ahovi, who previously brought us the Orbit clothes washer concept, now presents the Marine Drone, an autonomous electric vehicle that tows a plastic-trapping net. The net is surrounded by a circular buoy to balance the weight of the garbage it collects. It discourages fish and other creatures from entering its jaws via an annoying sonic transmitter, and it communicates with other drones and with its base station using sonar.
- Country: Netherland
- Company: RanMarine