Razer, renowned for building top end hardware and accessories, has lent its engineering nous to ocean clean-up efforts. This is said to be the first of many sustainable projects Razer will boost in 2021.
When it comes to high end gaming hardware, Razer is one of the first companies that springs to mind. If you’re not big on gaming, take the word of someone writing this article on a Razer Blade laptop. The company’s products are top notch.
What you wouldn’t typically associate Razer with, however, is building sustainable tech to combat environmental crises like plastic waste. That’s exactly what’s happening today though.
Just in time for World Oceans Day (June 8th) – a holiday intended to raise awareness for ocean conservation causes and the threats facing marine ecosystems – Razer has announced plans to build a solar-powered robot designed for hoovering up throwaway plastic in our waterways and seas.
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— R Λ Z Ξ R (@Razer) June 8, 2021
The idea for a floating waste receptacle with self-navigation and vision AI, powered by solar energy, originally stemmed from a Hong Kong based start-up called ClearBot. But after running into scaling issues in the manufacturing phase of its prototype, ClearBot decided to enlist the help of leading designers and engineers at Razer.
Initially on a consultant type basis, the pair hashed out design ideas to make the project more marketable and affordable to make. But after hearing Razer’s own vision for the device, ClearBot decided to onboard the gaming giant as an equal partner.