Heavily impacted by surface and chemical pollution, the Tiber river is being targeted as a suitable candidate for automated cleaning via robots. Known as Jbin, this machine will float along the Tiber river and cycle out the pollutants with its central body, which makes up propellers designed to create a surrounding vortex as it’s anchored to the bottom.
“A huge percentage of the pollution of marine waters is in fact due to debris and waste transported by large rivers. Looking at other European capitals, but also simply at other major Italian cities like Turin, we decided that our project would be proposed as a solution to return the Tiber to the citizens.” – inktobit
“Jbin represents a chance for job creation – it would need someone to take care of it. Furthermore its lighting capacity and the possibility to create energy makes it a potential tool for riverside activity. Meaning that you could use it as a light or energy source for floating museums, cafes, docks for city-based floating transportation, etc.” – inktobit
The Jbin isn’t the only robot in the world set out in cleaning up the world we humans left in pieces. In fact, there’s already a very large market for cleaner ‘bots, in which companies like iRobot dedicate their resources on. We shouldn’t blame ourselves, either, for not being able to clean up our own mess. After all, it’s easier to pollute than it is to clean, and the amount of manpower that would be needed to clean all pollution in the world would be astronomical.
Whether people like it or not, we need robots to help us take care of our planet. Soon there’ll be robots in every corner of the world, helping create a clean living space with maximum efficiency. They’ll be in our sewers, in our oceans; they’ll be traversing the skies and, yes, even inside ourselves. From there we’ll need the robots more than ever – not just to ensure a clean and healthy environment, but to ensure our own biological health as well.
Photo Credit: inktobit / James Dyson Award