A nonprofit is trying to crowdfund a floating, trash-cleaning robot that anyone can remotely control over the internet. The nonprofit Urban Rivers already has a prototype running in the Chicago River and describes it as “so fun, we wanted to expand it into a game.”
Now, if the Kickstarter gets funded, anyone will be able to remotely drive the robot through a website and harvest trash from the river, using basic WASD controls or arrow keys. Urban Rivers has named the experience “Trashbot Game,” and the robot actually collects trash in real time while players pilot it.
“We really hope that one day, this game is just so boring, because there’s no more trash left to clean,” says Nick Wesley, one of the co-founders of Urban Rivers in the…