A high-tech drone, referred to as the 'Wall-E of the water,' could be the key to cleaning up our oceans.
The WasteShark is an aquadrone that vacuums up garbage from the water.
It can swim for up to 16 hours on a single charge and 'eat' as much as 1,100lbs of trash.
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The device is developed by RanMarine, an environmental technology firm in the Netherlands, which hopes drones can become a meaningful tool for catching waste 'before tide, wind and currents carry it out to the open ocean.'
WasteShark is now being deployed in Dubai Marina, a man-made canal city, after it was tested with local partner Ecocoast for the past year.
The aquadrone takes its name from the Whale Shark, primarily in its wide-bodied design and vacuum-like mouth.
It can pick up things like plastic, floating debris and even 'alien vegetation,' or invasive plants.
WasteShark can pick up trash that's as deep as one foot below the surface. Once the trash is gathered, it's delivered to a collection point.
Users steer the device with a remote control or an iPad and its movements are tracked by a GPS signal.
WasteShark is also fitted with a collision-avoidance system that uses laser imaging to spot nearby objects and adjust its positioning if it senses one.
A high-tech drone, referred to as the 'Wall-E of the water,' could be the key to cleaning up our oceans. The WasteShark is an aquadrone that vacuums up garbage from the water
There's a second model that's equipped with Level 1 autonomy, which still requires human assistance, but it can complete some tasks on its own.
The aquadrone is being used to clean up trash from rivers, ports and marinas
'Inspired by nature and blending technology, form and function, the WasteShark is designed to swim through water and eat its prey with minimum effort and maximum efficiency,' RanMarine explained.
It's also equipped with customizable sensors that can measure water quality.
WasteShark looks for things like depth, salinity, chemical makeup, pH balance and temperature.
So far, WasteShark is being used to clean up trash from rivers, ports and marinas.
'Our drones are designed to move through (a) water system, whether it's around the perimeter or through the city itself,' Oliver Cunningham, co-founder of RanMarine, told CNN.
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