The idea of using robots to clean beaches is nothing new. We have covered a couple of projects on that in the past. BeBot & Pixie are beach & water cleaning robots. The BeBot is a remote controlled, solar & battery powered beach cleaning robot that can clean up to 32000 square feet per hour. It rakes through the sand to collect bottles, cans, and cigarette butts.
The Pixie drone is a water drone that can collect up to 200lbs per use. It can collect plastic litter and other debris floating on the surface of the water. It can collect other water data, such as temperature, pH, salinity, turbidity and dissolved oxygen. Meijer is now participating in the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Program with these robots to clean up Midwestern beaches and waterways in partnership with the Council of the Great Lakes Region.