Cleaning the beaches from small (or larger) rubbish is not the easiest job, and is often left in the hands of volunteers; however, this may change thanks to robotic technology, judging by the “BeBot” robot.
As “New Atlas” notes, “BeBot” was developed by “Poralu Marine” and “4ocean” as a way of cleaning up coastlines with minimal interference with their ecosystems.
Collecting garbage with human hands delivers good results, but it is a tedious and intense job. On the other hand, caterpillar vehicles can cover a larger area, but they destroy flora and fauna or cause damage to the landscape.
“BeBot” takes a more discreet approach: This electric robot operates with solar power and batteries and is controlled remotely by a human operator, up to 300 meters away; it can dig up to 10 centimeters into the sand and collect pieces of plastic and other garbage; even very small ones, such as cigarette butts, lids, etc.
The robot can clean up to 3,000 square meters of beach per hour approximately, depending on the topography, and can also operate in areas where there is difficulty in movement, thanks to its “smart” caterpillar system. Its creators look forward to a wide range of uses: from hotels to national parks, golf courses, etc.
It is currently being tested by “4ocean” on the beaches of Florida, while there are plans to ship it to Hawaii.
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