#科技头条#【不知道垃圾如何分类?回收机器人来帮你】

#科技头条#【不知道垃圾如何分类?回收机器人来帮你】AMP Robotics开发了一款回收机器人Clarke,能利用人工智能识别和分类各种食品垃圾和饮料容器。其可见光照相机识别垃圾种类,机器手臂和吸盘将其拉出,再从垃圾填埋场转移到相应的回收设施。每小时能回收90%的可回收垃圾,比人类快50%。目前已在丹佛市的垃圾分拣系统中工作,并在工作同时学习新增分类细节,帮助我们的地球。

A RECYCLING ROBOT NAMED CLARKE COULD BE THE KEY TO REDUCING WASTE

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WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

We all know that it's important to recycle, but that's sometimes easier said than done. Luckily, Clarke the robot is here to help.

Admit it — you’re not entirely sure how to recycle. It’s understandable, really. With so many different materials now in play, how are you supposed to know what needs to be thrown into a landfill and what can be reused? Luckily, while humans might not be the best at practicing the Three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle, of course), another “R” is here to save us. It’s a robot, and it’s been affectionately named Clarke.

Developed by AMP Roboticsthis robot makes use of artificial intelligence to recognize and sort various food and beverage containers. As it stands, Clarke has already been deployed in a municipal waste facility in Denver, Colorado, where it helps out with the trash-sorting system. Using a visible-light camera, it can spot milk, juice, and food cartons, and pull them out using its robotic arm and suction cups. These items are then diverted away from the landfill, and sent instead to the appropriate recycling facility.

With a reliable rate of 60 items a minute, Clarke picks up recyclable waste with 90-percent accuracy, and is about 50 percent faster than a human would be at doing the same job. Ultimately, that results in a 50-percent reduction in terms of sorting costs.

“The fundamental platform that we’ve created was a system to sort pretty much all the commodities that are in a recycling facility today,” AMP Robotics founder, Mantanya Horowitz toldEngadget, “Whether it’s cardboard, No. 1 plastics, No. 2 plastics, or cartons — cartons just ended up being a great place for us to start.”

But because Clarke is an AI-based system, the more it works, the smarter it gets.

“Even though this first system is picking cartons, it’s actually watching and learning from all the other commodities that it’s seeing as well,” Horowitz added. “That’s what’s really exciting. The more systems that we have out there, the better they’re going to be.”

In the future, the hope is to introduce more granularity to Clarke’s sorting abilities. “Right now we can say, ‘That’s a No. 1 plastic’ but we want to be able to say ‘That’s a Pepsi bottle, that’s a Gatorade bottle’ and give recycling facilities even finer resolution on what’s going through [their lines],” Horowitz explained.

So while you should still do your best to learn what’s recyclable and what’s not, even if you mess up, Clarke may be able to save the day, and help our planet.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/clarke-recycling-robot/

 


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