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Liam: robot sorting out the iPhone to death [video]

At the presentation on March 21 at the headquarters of Apple has demonstrated not only the 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but also completely unique working out – a robot named Liam.

Liam is not intended for sale to consumers and created for “iPhone cycle in nature”. Its tasks include the parsing of mobile devices into its component parts so that they could be reused. According to representatives Apple, the robot unit is able to disassemble into parts over 1.2 million iPhones a year.

The system, located in Cupertino near Apple’s head office, 29 consists of robotic modules that are capable of holding the iPhone, to quickly and accurately analyze things to death. In a recent demonstration, the robot sorts all the details – from the buildings and Windows to chips tray for SIM-cards and fastener components of a smartphone.

Liam independently sorts separate items for reuse or recovery of valuable metals – aluminum, tin, cobalt, copper, gold, tungsten and silver. On disassembly one iPhone takes slightly over 10 seconds and, operating continuously, can Liam cope with the huge number of smartphones.

As told in the Apple, to develop Liam took almost three years and while the heat exchanger he can only work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. In the future, Apple intends to expand the robot’s capabilities so that he can dispose of and other devices “Apple” of the company. A second, similar system Apple is going to launch in Europe – there is also the rising popularity of the iPhone trade-in program.

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