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ZenRobotics Makes Recycling Robots, Epic Trailers About Recycling Robots

You don’t have to know anything about what ZenRobotics does, you just have to watch their company trailer

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ZenRobotics Makes Recycling Robots, Epic Trailers About Recycling Robots

We were wondering the other day if robots could help us clean the planet before it becomes a pile of industrial waste, as depicted in the movie WALL-E. Finnish startup ZenRobotics thinks the answer is, “yes.”

ZenRobotics (which I’m going to hereafter type out as "Zen Robotics" ’cause it bugs me) wants you to know that they’re serious about robot recycling. They’re so serious, in fact, that they’ve created this trailer narrated by a guy with a really, really deep voice:

If you’re still wondering what Zen Robotics does, then you obviously need to watch the trailer again, because who cares? They’ve got a trailer! But seriously (or as seriously as this company seems to get), it seems like they want to stick autonomous robots in between our trash cans and the landfill and use them to pick out recyclables. This is not a new idea, but what Zen Robotics looks to be offering is a modular system made completely from off-the-shelf parts that can replace human workers while doing a better job (thanks to advanced sensors) with higher uptime. It’ll save money in the long run, and save the Earth (or whatever) in the longer run, so why not do it?

Also, the companyvs website invents a new robot-related tagline every time to click on something. So far, I’ve seen:

“ZenRobotics - Making robots feel funky”

“ZenRobotics - Well on its way to world domination”

“ZenRobotics - Bring us the soft cushions!”

Yeah, so having a slick and funny website doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re saving the future with recycling robots, but it doesn’t mean that they’re not, and either way, I’m amused.

[ ZenRobotics ] via [ Robot Living ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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