I had the idea for a remote-controlled robot with a camera that streams live to the controller.
So that people could clean the beach from the comfort of their sitting areas while also having some fun playing around with a robot.
After doing some research, I found two similar products that already exist.
This one is extremely rudimentary, but it does not appear like it would be that expensive to manufacture, so if it is effective, it might be a good solution.
And this one, the BeBot, which is very impressive. The BeBot is too expensive to be a solution to this challenge though.
Neither of these is as exciting as the idea I had in mind.
The product I'm suggesting would look more like a RC Beach Buggy with capabilities similar to those of Battlebots.
An onboard storage area, or alternatively, a trailer attachment.
A spike tool.
A grabbing mechanism.
A rake attached to a trailer with a sift at the bottom that allows sand to fall through but retains foreign objects.
If something like this can be designed and produce at a reasonable cost, I think it would become a popular way of cleaning the beach and apart from reducing the workload for the people who already clean the beaches, it might even encourage more people to clean the beach in return for getting to play with a robot.
Beachfront restaurants can let their patrons' children occupy themselves by playing with these robots while cleaning the beach at the same time.
What other features could a robot like this have?