The idea came from a non-profit organization called Urban Rivers and is in the process of raising funds through crowdfunding.
While the NGO awaits the results of the campaign to expand the project, there is a prototype undergoing experimentation on the Chicago River, one of the major US channels located in the urban perimeter.
Robot operated by game unites fun and ecological awareness
As soon as the plan comes out of the paper with collective funding, it will be possible for anyone on the Internet to control the robot in charge of garbage in the river, using only computer commands.
Urban Rivers has already christened the serious game as “Trashbot Game,” something in Portuguese as “garbage robot game.”
By bringing together fun and eco-consciousness into one initiative, Nick Rivers, co-founder of Urban Rivers, expects the game to ostracize as soon as possible:
The robot is an intelligent alternative to river cleaning
In addition to the attention-grabbing interactivity, the robot is viewed by the NGO as a smart alternative to the traditional cleaning method using kayaks.
According to the organizers of the project, the seasonal cleaning using kayaks allows the garbage to reappear when the cleaning crew is not operating, while the robot could be prepared to operate continuously.
It is expected that by April some machines are already working on cleaning the rivers.