June 10, 2021

RazerClearbot400x275Gaming company Razer has announced a partnership with ClearBot, which is developing robotics to clean up marine waste. As part of World Oceans Day, as well as Razer’s 10-year sustainability roadmap, the partnership aims to support environment- and sustainability-focused startups to give them the tools and capabilities to scale.

ClearBot designs robots that leverage artificial intelligence vision to identify different types of marine plastic waste and collect information regarding these pollutants in the oceans to protect aquatic life. The robots are deployed to retrieve marine plastic waste, which is then responsibly disposed of. With approximately 11 million tons of plastics entering the oceans each year, ocean-cleaning companies face dated technology, costs, and efficiency.

“We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to work with a startup focused on saving the environment,” said Patricia Liu, chief of staff at Razer. “ClearBot’s unique AI and advanced machine learning technology will enable and empower governments and organizations around the world to broaden their sustainability efforts. We urge other innovative startups to reach out to Razer for collaboration opportunities as we strive to make the world a safer place for future generations.”

Under the partnership, Razer’s engineers and designers have volunteered personal time and their expertise to help turn ClearBot’s prototype into a scalable, mass-market product. The partnership leveraged Razer’s knowledge and manufacturing know-how to evolve the robot design into one that is smarter and more efficient. The redesigned and fully automated robot includes AI and machine-learning capabilities that can detect marine plastics within two meeters in rough waters, and can collect up to 250 kg of plastics in just one cycle, while operating on solar-powered energy.

“The Razer team’s action-oriented approach to solving marine waste issues was extremely eye-opening,” said Sidhant Gupta, CEO at  ClearBot. “We are grateful to the team who volunteered their time for this project. With the new model, we’re confident in extending our reach globally to protect marine waters, starting with partners which include marine harbor operations in Asia, and NGOs who have already expressed interest. Together with Razer, we look forward to effecting positive change for the world.”

ClearBot is also asking people to upload photos of marine plastic waste commonly found in open waters to the ClearBot website. The research and design team will add the information to its existing database to help improve the robot’s waste detection AI algorithm.