Urban Rivers, an environmental charity in Chicago is cleaning up pollution in a hip and interactive way. It’s using an online drone game that allows volunteers to control a “Trashbot,” a robot that picks up trash from the Chicago River in real-time – and you get points for it!
Back in 2017, Urban Rivers installed the largest floating garden in Chicago. While successful, sadly trash continued to pile up despite its beautiful restoration efforts. With each attempt, from cleaning up trash by hand or via kayak, the team’s efforts were met with more trash. So, they came up with a plan.
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According to Urban Rivers, its Robot Team prototyped a remote-controlled boat, which was capable of herding trash to a safe location where it could then be removed. Driving it around was such a fun experience that Urban Rivers wanted to share it with the world.
So, the team took it a step further and expanded it into a game where you can see through the “Trashbot’s” eyes that can be accessed from its website. Hopefully, this interactive experience will catch on everywhere. Why not help clean up the Chicago River, have fun, and do your part to help wildlife and save the earth?!