Meet Ap­ple’s crusher

Western Times - - LIFE - Jen Dud­ley-Nicholson

HER name is Daisy, she works harder than her male pre­de­ces­sor, and she’s re­spon­si­ble for un­do­ing some of Ap­ple’s most ex­act­ing en­gi­neer­ing. The Cu­per­tino tech­nol­ogy gi­ant un­veiled their new­est ro­bot in one of a se­ries of ecofriendly an­nounce­ments ahead of Earth Day. The com­pany, which last week re­vealed its build­ings were “pow­ered with 100 per cent clean en­ergy”, de­vel­oped the ro­bot to dis­as­sem­ble iPhones, and ex­tract and sort their most re­cy­clable parts. Un­like Daisy’s male ver­sion, Liam, un­veiled in 2016, she can han­dle up to 200 iPhones an hour, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, and re­cover ma­te­ri­als “other re­cy­clers can’t and at higher qual­ity”. She’s pro­grammed to pull apart nine dif­fer­ent iPhone mod­els. Ap­ple en­vi­ron­ment, pol­icy and so­cial ini­tia­tives vice-pres­i­dent Lisa Jack­son said the com­pany was “thrilled to in­tro­duce Daisy to the world, as she rep­re­sents what’s pos­si­ble when in­no­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion meet”. Ap­ple iPhones can be re­cy­cled for pre­cious ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing gold, sil­ver and pal­la­dium, as well as more com­mon met­als such as cop­per, lead, nickel and tin. Many Aus­tralian mo­bile phone mak­ers, in­clud­ing Sam­sung, Google, HTC and Mi­crosoft, fund the na­tional re­cy­cling pro­gram Mo­bile Muster, which re­cy­cled more than one mil­lion hand­sets last year. Ap­ple hosts a sep­a­rate pro­gram, now known as GiveBack, op­er­ated by Bright­star.

DAISY: Ap­ple’s ro­bot can pull apart 200 iPhones in an hour.

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