The vast waste and pollution caused by the fashion industry has made recycling clothes a top priority. But only now are simple tasks like pulling the sole off a shoe being done by machines.
CETIA, a company in the southwest of France is finally offering some mechanical solutions to the challenges of recycling clothes.
Its research team has invented a machine that uses artificial intelligence to scan garments, identify hard elements like zippers and buttons, and use a laser to cut them out. It has also built a machine that grabs shoes in a large mechanical arm and yanks off the soles.
In a world of space travel and vaccines, that may seem a relatively rudimentary piece of technology, but it had simply never been done before.
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