Scientists are building an AI-powered robot to take apart your old phone

Published February 4, 2022


The Verge quoted Minghui Zheng, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, in a story on efforts create to AI-powered robots to help harvest recycled electronics.

Zheng is leading a $445,000 Department of Energy project to develop software that allows robots to automatically identify different types of smartphones on a recycling line, remove the batteries, and harvest various high-value components.

“There are lots of limitations of robots,” Zheng says. Basic tasks, like using robotic grippers to pull out small components, could be “very challenging,” she says.

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