River Cleaning Can be Done Through a Video Game

//River Cleaning Can be Done Through a Video Game

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.

By |2018-03-30T05:20:34+00:00March 30th, 2018|Lifestyle|1 Comment

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  1. Daniel Ogeto O May 15, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Very interesting and fascinating article right here. It never crossed my mind that such an application of Digital technology would suffice, and to think that such innovative startups like Urban Rivers have formulated such a strategy to tackle environmental pollution is an amazing thing. Their plan to allow anyone to control the river robot from their web browsers from anywhere in the world is commendable. Anyone can take control of the robot—with some basic limitations in place to stop people from hijacking the robot or driving it into dangerous waters, of course—and help make the Chicago River a little cleaner. We’ve seen some novel trash-collecting robots over the years, from garbage-seeking waste bins to floating drones designed to gather garbage at sea. Other efforts to deal with aquatic waste include a static sea-bin for clearing up marinas and ports, as well as the floating barriers of the Ocean Cleanup Project. Hopefully we’ll start seeing the trash robot sailing around the Chicago River (and our computer screens) sometime soon.

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