An environment friendly solution, that has the ability to navigate all kinds of rough terrain.
In 2021 WWF reported an average of 995 garbage per 100 meters on the Greek coastline. Disposable plastics such as lids and straws were the most common types of litter found. It is a problem that doesn't only occur on our seas but is also intense in our forests and cities. It is clear that not only do we need to reduce disposable plastics in our daily lives, but we also need to find new ways to restore and clean up the environment.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence could help us deal with such problems, much faster and efficiently. Wave is a robotics platform that could make the process of allocating and collecting waste completely autonomous.
This design has a battery life that reaches 3.5 hours per charge. It can carry a load of 5 to 10 kilograms and a volume equal to 22.5 liters. The robot has four sets of depth cameras that allow it to create three-dimensional representations of space and three onboard computers, two of which are GPU accelerate. Finally, it can locate its charger with the help of April tags and charge automatically.
In the video below, the robot’s software runs in real-time. The bottom right view shows how the robot perceives the space around it. It reacts quickly to changes in its environment, as all the calculations happen five times per second. Using multiple cameras the robot can recognize where the target objects are in space and plan the best route to collect these objects.
It is an almost 100% autonomous solution with a positive impact on the environment. It can work on uneven terrain and it handles the sorting of the waste it collects and supports scenarios. For example, everyday at 6 a.m. move along the shore of a beach and pick up all the litter you find.
This project provides an autonomous solution to the public and private sector for cleaning large outdoor areas and at the same time supports initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.
Crowdpolicy supported the project through their accelerator program for five months. The project finally got funding from AC Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, Lidl Hellas, and the Sani Resort.
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