Jun 08, 2021

Can AI help keep the oceans clean?

AI
ClearBot
Razer
Technology
2 min
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Razer partners with ClearBot, to redesign its AI robot that cleans up marine plastics

Razer, a gaming hardware producer, announced a partnership with marine waste cleaning enterprise, ClearBot, in celebration of World Oceans Day. 

Razer recently outlined a 10-year sustainability roadmap as part of its #GoGreenWithRazer initiative, which detailed four key verticals of Razer’s commitment to preserve nature and protect the environment, including using 100% Renewable Energy by 2025 and achieving 100% Carbon Neutrality by 2030. This partnership complements Razer’s Green Investments vertical, which aims to support environment- and sustainability-focused startups by equipping them with the right tools and capabilities to help them scale.

The ClearBot team designs robots that leverage AI-vision to identify different types of marine plastic waste and collects information regarding these pollutants in the oceans to protect aquatic life. ClearBot robots are deployed to retrieve marine plastic waste, which is then responsibly disposed of.

Clearing the oceans with AI

Volunteering time and technical knowledge, Razors engineers and designers have helped ClearBot turn their prototype into a scalable product. The newly designed and fully automated robot is a 0 emission solution and has cutting-edge AI and machine learning capabilities that can detect marine plastics within two meters in rough waters. The robot can also collect up to 250 kg of plastics in just one cycle while running on solar-powered energy.

“We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to work with a startup focused on saving the environment,” said Patricia Liu, Chief of Staff at Razer. “ClearBot’s unique AI and advanced machine learning technology will enable and empower governments and organisations around the world to broaden their sustainability efforts. We urge other innovative startups to reach out to Razer for collaboration opportunities as we strive to make the world a safer place for future generations.”

“With the new model, we’re confident in extending our reach globally to protect marine waters, starting with partners which include marine harbor operators in Asia and NGOs who have already expressed interest. Together with Razer, we look forward to effecting positive change for the world.” said Sidhant Gupta, Chief Executive Officer at ClearBot

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