Urban Rivers has launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to use tech and gamification to make people want to clean up the trash in the Chicago River. Called Trash Robot, the project involves a floating trash-collecting robot that can be controlled from anywhere using a Web browser.
The “players” control the robot one at a time through their browser, where they can see the feed from cameras on the machine. They get a set amount of time to direct it around the river and try to pick up as much garbage as they can, for which they earn points. The player with the most points (aka garbage) wins.
“All additional funds will go towards further prototyping and experimentation,” says Urban Rivers’ Kickstarter page. “If we raise over $10,000 we will have the ability to have more than one robot in the river, along with greater flexibility with the accessories we attach to the bot.”