Could artificially intelligent robots streamline the e-waste recycling process, making the recovery and reuse of parts from dead consumer electronics more economical? The idea received a boost in December when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $445,000 grant to researchers from Idaho National Laboratory, the University at Buffalo, Iowa State University, and e-waste recycler Sunnking to develop software that allows robots to automatically identify different types of smartphones on a recycling line, remove the batteries, and harvest various high-value components.
By the end of the two-year research project, the team hopes to field-test an early version of its technology at one of Sunnking's facilities.
Applying robotics and AI to e-waste recycling is a fairly new idea. Apple's line of recycling robots only work on iPhones. The team's research project is examining if a jack-of-all-trades robot that could be installed at an e-waste facility processing dozens of different models of smartphones is a possibility.
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