The Gluttony Project

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Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into the ocean. 90% of the plastic pollutants are from the 10 rivers in Asia and Africa. This means if we can clean up these rivers and stop plastics from discharging into the ocean, it helps a lot in cleaning up the ocean. This project allows people at home to remotely control our robots to help clean up the river plastics in the 10 most polluted rivers. We target our users in the age range of 15 or above. The robot is an approximately 1 meter long, silicone-made amphibious vehicle. It is relatively smaller than a regular river cleaning robot to help users to get into narrower parts of the river and dive underwater if needed. To help users get use to this project, there will be online tutorials to help them get familiar with the functions we have. There is a camera to provide instant vision of the robots for users to help them pick up plastic. There will be side-scan sonar in each of the rivers to create a map for users to locate rubbish on the river bed. There will be a restricted home range for robots in each river to reduce the number of accidents. Automatic sensor will be installed to prevent robots from crashing or getting out of the assigned region. There will be stations set up beside each river to collect data and do the robot maintenance. Data collected by the robot and the side-scan sonar will be tidied up as a report in order to show users our progress in river cleaning. With the data collected, I hope to further develop my project and robots in order to deal with the problem more accurately and effectively by understanding the needs in each region.

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