The increasing amount of plastic waste in the oceans is not something new in today’s world. Every year, the world’s oceans and seas are reportedly filled with 11 million tons of plastic waste. Citing this global problem and to prevent further accumulation of plastic waste in natural water bodies, Razer announced a partnership with Clearbot to develop a water drone to collect plastic waste from the ocean and recycle it.
For those unaware, Clearbot has been developing robots to clean oceans and seas to achieve its goal of removing 100 tons of waste by 2022. Now, in collaboration with Razer, a popular name in the gaming industry, Clearbot has as aim to develop and manufacture more scalable and marketable bots to clean up the waters.
Both companies have been working for the past few months to develop a special water drone to clean bodies of water. Razer recently announced to celebrate World Oceans Day. You can see an official announcement video of the company just below.
According to Clearbot, the ocean cleaning robot will take advantage of an onboard camera sensor and Vision AI technologies to detect trash in bodies of water. Upon detection, the robot will collect the garbage and bring it to shore. Additionally, Razer will also work with other recycling organizations to convert collected waste into recycled materials.
Additionally, the Razer and Clearbot robot will also collect crucial ocean pollution data as it performs its cleanup job. The ocean cleaning robot could collect up to 1000 GB of data on increasing pollution in the oceans to aid future research.
The Razer x Clearbot robot will be able to navigate itself across oceans and seas using its onboard artificial intelligence capabilities. And you will be able to do all of these tasks without further contributing to existing pollution, as the robotic vehicle will run entirely on solar power.
Now, getting to the question of when will Razer and Clearbot roll out the ocean cleaner in the real world, nothing is known about it yet. However, it is always exciting to see companies step up to make the world a better place for future generations.