24 Apr '11, 7pm

A Finnish company has created a robot to sort through #construction waste and find recyclable material

The robot is essentially an arm with a gripper on the end that's connected to a computer that provides metal detection, weight measurements, 3-D scanning, tactile feedback and spectrometer analysis to identify and sort the materials. The robot is stationed by a conveyor belt where the materials are loaded. As the material goes by, the robot picks it up, analyzes it and if the robot identifies the type, places it in the appropriate nearby bin. If material isn't recognized, it keeps traveling on the belt and is deemed trash.

Full article: http://ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3487

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