LOS ANGELES – December 1, 2022 - Phonecheck, an industry-trusted device certification provider, today announced the Phonecheck Robot, a fully-automated cosmetic, diagnostic and erasure suite for the certification of pre-owned consumer devices. The AI-enabled inspection machine pairs Phonecheck’s patented software and certified data wipe with high-performance robotic hardware to provide fast and thorough device evaluation. The machine drastically improves consistency and objectivity in device inspection, further advancing the company’s goal to increase transparency and trust between buyers and sellers of refurbished devices.
The Phonecheck Robot has a 6' x 6' x 7' footprint and fully automates cosmetic and diagnostic analysis, secure erasure and inventory routing at a processing rate of up to 55 phones an hour per machine, which is optimal for partners processing 10,000 devices per month or more. The highly advanced unit includes an optimized camera and AI-enriched analysis tools to detect all defects, including those that would go unseen by human operators. This precise grading technology removes the subjectivity and inconsistency of human cosmetic grading to deliver consistent and unbiased results.
“The full automation that Phonecheck Robotics provides is an important opportunity for our partners to improve efficiency and reduce risk when processing large quantities of used-devices,” said Jax Futrell, COO of Phonecheck. “Equally important is the consistency and transparency this adds to the refurbished device industry. Refurbished tech shoppers can be confident in Phonecheck Certified devices, knowing that transactions are based on AI-driven data from an unbiased source.”
“Counterpoint Research estimates the secondary smartphone market grew 15% in 2021 and we expect double digit growth again in 2022," said Jeff Fieldhack, Research Director at Counterpoint Research. "Despite this impressive growth, the number one headwind for the secondary market remains quality. Are buyers in the secondary market receiving the quality product which is expected? Robotics such as the Phonecheck Robot will greatly help calm these quality fears. A high volume, automated system which eliminates human error and other inconsistencies will add a lot of confidence into the secondary smartphone market ecosystem.”
The Phonecheck Robot’s vision algorithm adds granular cosmetic detection images to the robust reporting that Phonecheck clients have come to expect. The 360-degree evaluation collects dozens of images of cracks, scratches, buttons, screws and more while automatically categorizing defects. These images can be used in listings to highlight cosmetic defects for both buyers and sellers in an objective manner. The system’s light scratch detection identifies candidates for polishing, which can bring grades up a full letter in some cases, further elongating the life of quality devices and adding more value back into the re-commerce market.
The Phonecheck Robot’s cosmetic grading component is based on its configurable data capturing ability to gather the type, severity, size, location, and count of defects. Phonecheck works with clients to define all appropriate testing parameters to meet criteria based on the devices they sell and the target markets they are reaching. The Phonecheck Robot is now available for order worldwide. Visit Phonecheck.com to request a demo.
Phonecheck innovated the industry’s first, third-party verified, Carfax-like Device History Report, which enables sellers of refurbished devices to deliver the full history and condition status of a device in a comprehensive Device History Report to customers, before or after purchase via print, link or QR code.