So, we know that Royal Caribbean can program a mean mechanical arm into its Anthem of the Seas ship. It turns out that Apple can do some magic of its own and build a mechanical arm to help save the darn world.
Meet Liam. He’s designed to extract the precious, potentially hazardous materials from your old iPhone. Suction cups and claws click away to lop off the display, swivel away screws and pliers file away components, many of them very much in shape, to be reused or recycled in some manner. Lithium, gold, copper, silver, platinum, tungsten — all of that finds its way not into landfills, but into new drills or solar panels. Sooner or later, those materials may get reincorporated into Apple’s own products.
The company showed off this neat-o mess of limbs in conjunction with a push for iPhone owners to contribute to the Apple Renew recycling program for all of the above reasons. They can bring their old devices into Apple Stores or hit up the source link. It’s free.