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Jodone Launches Human-Robot Waste Pilot Project in Minnesota

Jodone Launches Human-Robot Waste Pilot Project in Minnesota

Jodone, a company that designs software for robots, has rolled out an interactive pilot program at the Pope/Douglas WTE facility in Alexandria, Minn.

Using Jodone’s software, human operators can monitor waste as it moves along a conveyor belt and sort recyclables via touch screen. The sortable instructions are then sent to a robot, which grabs the recyclables and places them in the correct bin.

This system is estimated to bring in an additional $24 million in revenue for waste facilities, according to Jodone.

MIT Technology Review breaks down the system in more detail:

Sorting waste isn’t fun. Trash can be sticky, stinky, and sharp. The entrepreneurs at Jodone want to turn this mundane task into a human-robot collaborative game to improve efficiency and accuracy.

For Jodone’s new pilot project at the Pope/Douglas waste-to-energy facility in Alexandria, Minnesota, human operators will use its software to monitor waste as it travels along a conveyor belt. Using a touch screen, workers will swipe any recyclables they spot and then select the appropriate category: paper, plastic, tin, etc. Those instructions will be sent wirelessly to robotic arms that will grab the recyclables and drop them in the correct bin. Workers who salvage above-average amounts of recycling will receive additional income.

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