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Protei is Shape Shifting, Open Hardware, Sailing robot to sense and clean the oceans. Originally invented to clean up the BP Oil Spill pulling long oil sorbent using wind power by Cesar Harada, Protei is now a platform technology to transport scientific payload and clean-up equipment at sea, developed by an global community of scientists, engineers, makers and sailors. You can get involved too.
The core ground-breaking innovation of Protei is the shape-shifting hull. Protei has no centreboard nor rudder : the entire hull changes shape to give our sailing robot unprecedented control of its trajectory and sailing properties. We are in the process of understanding these new properties.
Stage of development & milestones
We are looking at releasing Protei as a prototypes first and later as beta products (always Open Hardware of course) :
A simplified explanation of Open Hardware could be that everyone is
1. Use ; 2. Modify ; 3. Distribute Protei technology
at the condition they
1. Credit "Protei.org" and 2. Share their improvements with the community (on this website). To edit this website, do get in touch
- Protei-001 : front steering, RC
- Protei-002 : articulated sailboat, RC
- Protei-003 : articulated inflated sailboat
- Protei-004 : swarm for display
- Protei-005 : on-board control, with Arduino
- Protei-005.1 : Inflatable and articulated.
- Protei-005.2 : blank platform
- Protei-005.3 : Surface control
- Protei-005.4 : Pressure / trimaran
- Protei-005.5 : Articulated +
- Protei-005.6 : converge (1/2 scale)
- Protei-006 : see the handbook
- Protei-007: vertabrate
- Protei-008 : A/Canary + B/Bubble
>> 2013/04/25, 08:00 : Barcelona, Spain
>> 2013/04/18, 08:00 - April 21, 20:00 : Casablanca, Morroco
>> 2012/04/06, 08:00 - April 10, 20:00 Tema (Accra), Ghana
>> 2013/03/25, 08:00 - March 30, 20:00 : CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
>> 2013/03/08, 08:00 - March 18, 20:00 : Port Louis, Mauritanie
>> 2013/03/06 08:00 - March 11, 20:00 : Cochin, India
>> 2013/03/01, 20:00 - Feb 25, 08:00 : Rangoon, Burma
>> 2013/02/20, 08:00 - Feb 21, 20:00 : Singapore
>> 2013/02/12, 08:00 - February 18, 16:00 : Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
>> 2013/02/07, 08:00 - Feb 8, 20:00 : Hong Kong
>> 2013/02/03 : 08:00 - Feb 4, 20:00 : Shanghai, China
>> 2013/01/30, 08:00 - Jan 31, 20:00 : Kobe, Japan
>> 2013/01/27, 08:00 - Jan 28, 23:00 : Yokohama, Japan
>> 2013/01/15, 08:00 - 16, 20:00 : Hilo, Hawaii, USA
>> 2013/01/9, 17:00 : departure from San Diego, CA, USA
On going Events
>> 2012/08/14 : Protei presentation at Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA.
>> 2012/08/30 - 09/03 : Protei at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
>> 2012/09/17 & 18 : PICNIC Festival in Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, by Cesar Harada.
>>2012/0707 TED Talk Protei by Cesar Harada in TEDxSummit in Doha (youtube)
>> 2012/10/18 - 28 : Protei at Lodz Design Festival, Poland.
>>2012/05/30 - 08/11 : Protei at Eyebeam, NY: Surface Tension
>> 2012/09/26 : University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Architecture Lecture Series - Julia Cerrud.
>> 2012/09/18 : Protei at the International Sailing Robotics Conference, Cardiff By Etienne Gernez & Arnaud Le Breton.
>>2012/06/13: Protei and Oil Compass at CIGAC conference in Paraiba, Brazil
>>2012/05/17 - 06/03 : Protei at DEAF, Rotterdam, NL>>2012/05/09 : Protei wins the ARS Electronica Hybrid Art Honorary Mention.
>>2012/04/27 : Protei on WIRED.com | Link | Archive | Post
>>2012/04/19 : Protei in Doha Qatar!! See slides!
>> 2012/03/22 : Protei_007 wins 2nd place at the Instructables showboat contest ! Bravo Gabriella Levine!
>> 2012/03/21 : Protei featured in BATEAU Magasine.
>>2012/03/03 : Successful test of Protei_008 in Long Beach !
>>2012/01/26 - 27 : Copenhagen, Denmark. 13th Nordic Maritime Universities Workshop, by Etienne Gernez | Link | Archive
>>2012/01/18 : nature.com : http://www.nature.com/news/finding-philanthropy-like-it-pay-for-it-1.9815 | link | Archive
>>2012/02/24: Talk and Workshop at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK. Thanks to Helene Rolin and Lisa Hyland.>>2011/12/08 : Protei on the Huffington Post with Naomi Klein.
>>2012/02/15-19 : ARCO Madrid (Spain) : Link
>>2011/12/26-27 : Protei workshop in New York, ITP, by Gabriella Levine
>>2011/01/20 : "Natural Propulsion" Seminar, Wageningen NL. Piem Wirtz & Alvaro Takiuti will present Protei and discuss the potential of the technology. Link
>>2011/12/18-19 : Protei_007 presented in New York, ITP, By Gabriella Levine.
Tracing Mobility, Haus Der Kultur Der Welt, Berlin (Germany) Link1 | Link2 | archive 1 2 3 4
>>2011/10/20 : Surface Tension: The Future of Water, The Science Gallery Dublin (Ireland)
More upcoming event, photos, videos and links on our media page.
Proteus, the greek god son and herdsman of Poseidon the god of the sea. God Proteus was known for his "capability of assuming many forms", "mutable". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability. We are also fan of Proteus Anguinus which is the scientific name of an Olm, a very long white salamander living in complete darkness, blind but with an acutely developed sense of smell and hearing.
The development of Protei is based on iterations - successive experiments - but we admit to be inspired by nature, fishes, birds and insects in particular.
Protei team as of May 2012
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