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Remotely clean up rubbish in Chicago from your mobile device!

06 April 2018

Urban Rivers have developed a ‘trash robot’ located in the Chicago River that anyone can control via a website to help remove the rubbish from the water.

Trash robot (Credit: Urban Rivers/YouTube)

The Chicago River is polluted by rubbish at random times in large quantities almost every day. Cleaning it up by hand was becoming a tiresome and troublesome task so the team at Urban Rivers came up with a better idea…

The team prototyped a remote control boat which could herd the trash to a safe location where it could then be removed. This was immediately effective but the team went one step further when they decided to make it an interactive experience! The boat could be linked up to their website to let anyone, in any location clean up the rubbish in the Chicago River.

So far, the team have built a home base for the trash robot, installed a high-power Wi-Fi station and modified the design to suit all seasons. 

Visit the team’s Kickstarter page to see the trash robot in action!


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