What has 29 arms and is named Liam?
It's Apple Inc.'s new robotic system that has the capacity to disassemble more than a million iPhones each year.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company unveiled Liam this week, and the recycling system is getting plenty of attention.
“There's no other machine in the world that can do what Liam can do,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives for Apple. “The things we've learned from this project will help us make even bigger strides in the area of reuse and recycling as we go forward.”
Liam is being called a robot by the folks at Apple, but the website Mashable likens it more to a disassembly line where different robotic arms extract different parts from the iPhone has it moves along.
“Liam separates the iPhone into its components. This allows us to recover the materials, high quality materials, and reintroduce them into the global supply. And that saves natural resources,” Jackson said during her presentation.
Liam can disassemble a phone every 11 seconds and has the capacity to handle 1.2 million phones per year.
“Now ultimately, our goal is to create breakthroughs that will allow us to use those high-quality materials in our own products, because reuse and recycling is so important,” said Jackson, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We're making great progress in our environmental efforts, but we have a lot more to do.”