Robots are used a lot in manufacturing and I have been thinking about using them for e-waste processing. In most cases it is not a goer because set up costs are too high and the volumes are too small, but one thing that they could be used on is audio and video cassettes. We accept them for recycling and I was thinking of getting one of those cheap desktop robots to take them apart. More for fun than as a commercially viable operation. There is no money in processing tapes.
Anyway, what prompted this train of thought was the announcement of Liam, Apple’s iPhone dismantling robot. Good on you Apple for doing a little bit of product stewardship and making a start on automating the recycling process.
True innovation means considering what happens to a product at every stage of its life cycle. Liam disassembles your iPhone when it’s no longer functioning, so the materials inside can live on. http://apple.co/1SdvFbJ