How Apple's Daisy iPhone recycling robot works

CNET | 4/18/2019 | James Martin,
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Daisy is designed to pull apart iPhones that would cost too much to refurbish and are deemed end-of-life. It's staffed by three to four people.

Daisy is many things. It's a 33-foot-long robot that pulls apart iPhones with its five arms. It was created by Apple. It's a cacophony of servos, pressurized **** punches and other moving parts. It may also hold a key to electronic recycling's future.

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This robot, announced last year, is at the center of a new Material Recovery Lab Apple's built in Texas. The lab is designed to share Daisy's technology and help advance e-recycling. Apple hopes the project will attract academics, recyclers and other companies to participate.

"This is about the big hairy goal of making all our products from recycled materials," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, in an interview. "It's going to take a while, but it'll also take tons of innovation."

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Watch this: Apple wants to share its Daisy robot tech for recycling...

While at the lab, we got to watch Daisy in action. Here's what we saw:

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This is a traditional e-recycling machine, which smashes electronics in an effort to expose valuable materials and collect them.

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