Razer wants to do much more for the world than just make an excellent mask to protect people from COVID-19.
In a statement by GameRant, the gaming industry giant declared that they plan to develop a Razer-themed, ocean-cleaning robot. Their robots will be manufactured by Clearbot, with typical Razer flair: black with green accents, and perhaps even Chroma RGB lighting.
During Razer’s celebration of World Oceans Day, the company released a video detailing the robot. Razer’s collaboration with Clearbot is part of a new environmental initiative called #GoGreenWithRazer.
Clearbot’s mission is to help clean the world’s oceans using AI-powered, autonomous drones. According to company co-founder Sidhant Gupta, their goal is to help implement a faster, more affordable way to clean up ocean trash.
The partnership aims to help Razer do more than just make high-end gaming peripherals as part of the new initiative. Razer announced earlier this year that they will be carbon-neutral by 2030, and the Clearbot partnership is part of their effort to go carbon-neutral.
Razer Clearbot: How Does The Cleaning Bot Work?
Razer and Clearbot plan to develop an ocean-cleaning robot based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The bot uses artificial intelligence and its onboard camera to detect trash up to two meters away as part of its job. It will then pick up the garbage using a conveyor belt, which will drop the debris into a basket at the robot’s back. It’s also solar-powered, so it works independently without any human involvement besides picking up trash.
However, that’s not all it does. The Razer Clearbot is programmed to improve itself over time by utilizing machine learning. Thus, the world will get an almost entirely autonomous ocean-cleaning machine that will collect trash and “learn” from its experiences and become more efficient over time.
The Answer to The Global Ocean Trash Problem?
When a Razer ClearBot army is deployed, it might prove to be the long-elusive answer to pollution problems in the oceans. They might even be able to deal with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a literal island of trash whose size will blow your mind. According to PlasticCollectors, the Patch is an insane 1.6 million sq km in diameter. The area it covers is twice the size of Texas and even three times the size of the entire country of France. And the worst part of it is that 99% of all the trash in there is plastic.
With the AI and machine learning-powered Razer Clearbot, perhaps there is a brighter-than-expected future ahead for the oceans after all.