Tourists visiting the picturesque port at Cassis, southern France, usually see an unedifying sight: plastic luggage, discarded drinks bottles, and even used surgical masks, floating in the water amongst the boats in the marina. But the port has discovered an answer, in the form of a brilliant yellow remote-controlled electrical powered boat that weaves round the harbour sucking the trash right into a internet that it trails behind its twin hulls. The boat, referred to as Jellyfishbot, is about the dimension of a suitcase and so can get into the corners and slim areas the place garbage tends to accumulate however that are troublesome for cleaners with nets to attain.
“It can go everywhere,” mentioned Nicolas Carlesi, who has a PhD in undersea robotics and whose firm, IADYS, created the boat. It is just not the solely gadget of its sort. San Diego non-profit Clear Blue Sea is creating a proto-type trash-collecting robot referred to as “FRED”. A marine expertise agency primarily based in the Netherlands, RanMarine, has developed a robot referred to as the “Waste Shark” which has been deployed to clear up rubbish in Rotterdam harbour.
“Jellyfishbot” is in operation in round 15 French ports, and has been exported to nations together with Singapore, Japan and Norway, in accordance to Carlesi’s firm. The agency has simply launched an autonomous model. A eager sailor and diver, Carlesi mentioned he got here up with the thought after noticing, every time he spent leisure time on the water, how a lot garbage bobbed in the water in ports. “I thought: ‘Why not try to make this difficult and sometimes thankless task of picking up trash easier?’ So we made this robot,” he mentioned.