We have seen the future of beach cleanup, and it includes the BeBot. This innovative solar-powered robot is designed to clean up everything from disposable bottles and food wrappers to microplastics, which are the tiny pieces of plastic residue weathered down from larger plastic products.
How does it work? This remote-controlled robot basically traverses back and forth across the top level of sand on a beach, picking up waste as it goes. It can cover 3,000-square-meters of sand per hour, or 20-30 times more efficient than manually collecting trash by hand. Once the collection bin is full, a human can sort through the waste to separate the plastics and trash from materials that can be returned to the sand.
- With LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor (51515), kids gain essential STEM skills as they build, code and play with remote-control model robots and intelligent creations that shoot missiles, play ball, drive around and more!
- With almost 1,000 pieces, including an intelligent Hub, 4 Medium Motors, Color Sensor and Distance Sensor with break-out interface, youngsters can also build their own fun robotic toys and share them online on LEGO Life
- An easy-to-install rechargeable battery is included, so no need to go hunting for spare batteries when the fun’s about to start
This machine is by no means a solution for the ocean plastic crisis. We hope to use this machine to collect that plastic that exists as well as raise awareness to how that plastic is getting on the coastlines and in the ocean. And we hope to use it as a tool to drive awareness so that people live a more sustainable lifestyle and cut down on the amount of single-use plastic that they’re consuming,” said Alex Schulze, CEO of 40cean.