Updated 20 May, 2013, 10:05 am IST
A recycling ATM offers gadget freaks the option to trade in their discarded mobile phones for cash, rather than dumping them when they go in for the latest model. Californian company ecoATM has rolled out the machine that is sophisticated enough to see if a screen is cracked, evaluate unwanted goods for resale and recycling - hoping to inspire people to go green. Old gadgets still have a value as either an affordable alternative, spare parts, or even melted down for the residual value of the metals inside.
The ecoATM gives cash in exchange for old phones
More than 300 kiosks are hoped to be rolled out across the US by the year-end, the Daily Mail reported. Company co-founder Mark Bowles said: "The basic technologies of machine vision, artificial intelligence, and robotics that we use have existed for many years, but none have been applied to the particular problem of consumer recycling."
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