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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. 


Applications Range

Protei's purpose is to understand and protect the oceans. There are several environmental issues Protei would eventually contribute to mitigate :

Technology & Innovation

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. 

Hypothetical advantages of a shape-shifting hull

Property Goals

  • Unsinkable
  • Self-righting, rugged & Safe
  • Unmanned, autonomous
  • Green & Affordable
  • Swarm behaviour (multiple units operating simultaneously)
20110210 diagram Protei engineering

Stage of development & milestones
  1. Remote controlled : we have successfully been sailing remote controlled Protei from 0.5 to 3m in length. We have built about 10 functional prototype that demonstrate these new properties.
  2. Autonomous : Each Protei would sense its environment, make decision and sustain it's own energy production
  3. Centralised swarm : Many units controlled by one computer on land.
  4. Decentralised Swarm : Each units has a computer on board and makes its own decision aware of the complex situation.
  5. Overridable online swarm : The swarm of Sailing robots operates autonomously be can be overridden on-line gamers,  smart phones, tablet, computer users that can control single units or sub-groups of Protei at sea. 

Prototypes & Products

We are looking at releasing Protei as a prototypes first and later as beta products (always Open Hardware of course) :
  1. ~1m remote controlled "toy" that you can upgrade to a... 
  2. ~1m autonomous sailing robot controlled with an Arduino + Android to sense the oceans. Controllable via bluetooth / 3G GSM / Iridium
  3. ~6m Manned Sailing robot, to test the maximal performances and understand this new technology better, upgradable to ...
  4. ~6m Unmanned sailing robot controlled with an Arduino + Android to sense the oceans and pull long and heavy payload. 


Open Hardware

A simplified explanation of Open Hardware could be that everyone is 
free to 
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 

Versionning 

- Protei-001 : front steering, RC
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Protei-002 : articulated sailboat, RC
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Protei-003 : articulated inflated sailboat
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Protei-004 : swarm for display
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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)
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Protei-006 : see the handbook
- Protei-007: vertabrate
- Protei-008 : A/Canary + B/Bubble

Protei-001 on Lake Pontchartrain protei-002 Hunter Daniel and Protei-003 P1060509  P1060509  Protei.org Protei.org Protei.org Protei_006 hull bent Protei.org


Who's currently working on Protei:


Upcoming Events
>> 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

 >> 2012/11/29 : TEDxVilaMada "Nosso Planeta Agua" Sao Paolo, Brasil


Past events
>> 2012/10/18 - 28 : Protei at Lodz Design Festival, Poland. 
>> 2012/10/10 : Protei at ENSCI Paris France by Cesar Harada.
>> 2012/10/09 : 08:00 Protei at Labitat, Copenhagen DK by Gabriella Levine
>> 2012/10/1, 2, 3 : Protei global Summit in Nesoden, Oslo, Norway.
>>2012/09/28 : Protei at BLUE Festival, with Ru Mahoney, California, USA. 
>> 2012/09/27 - 2012/10/27 : Protei at MetaMorph Festival, Trondheim, Norway.
>> 2012/09/07 - 10/07 : Protei at Transnatural festival in NEMO, Amsterdam.
>>2012/0707 TED Talk Protei by Cesar Harada in TEDxSummit in Doha (youtube)
>>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.
>> 2012/09/17 & 18 : PICNIC Festival in Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, by Cesar Harada.
>> 2012/08/30 - 09/03 : Protei at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. 
>> 2012/08/14 : Protei presentation at Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA.
>> 2012/08/11 : Protei at TEDxItaewonevent, Seoul, Korea.
>>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
>> 2012/03/21 : 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
>>2012/02/24: Talk and Workshop at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK. Thanks to Helene Rolin and Lisa Hyland. 
>>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
>>2011/12/08 : Protei on the Huffington Post with Naomi Klein.
>>2011/11/22 - 12/12 : Tracing Mobility, Haus Der Kultur Der Welt, Berlin (Germany) Link1 | Link2 | archive 1 2 3 4
>>2011/12/03 : TEDxSanDiego (USA): Link | archive 1 2 | youtube
>>2011/12/03 : Kasia Molga presents Protei in Rio  | Archive
>>2011/12/2-4 : Cultura Digital Brasil, Rio De Janeiro (Brasil) | Link
>>2011/12/01 : Protei in Ensenada (Mexico) with Amorphica. EN ES
>>2011/10/20 : Surface Tension: The Future of Water, The Science Gallery Dublin (Ireland)
>>2011/11/26 : Kasia Molga at MINA (New Zealand), about Protei. 1 2
>>2011/11/23, 19:10 : www.piradio.dehttp://959.radiocorax.de Sebastian Muellauer, Berlin FM 95.9
>> 2011/11/05 : TEDxOrlando (Florida, USA) : link | archive
>> 2011/10/22 : TEDxSeeds (Yokohama, Japan) : video | Link
>> 2011/10/15 : TEDxLoire (France) : link | archive
>> 2011/10/08 : TEDxBasqueCountry (France) : video | Link | Archive

More upcoming event, photos, videos and links on our media page


Blog
  • Le projet Protei fait souffler un vent nouveau sur la voile http://www.lesechos.fr/entreprises-secteurs/innovation-competences/technologies/0202373179909-le-projet-protei-fait-souffler-un-vent-nouveau-sur-la-voile-510020.php Great article about Protei in French newspaper ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2012, 2:02 PM by Cesar Harada
  • GM20121007 Date: 20121007, 6pm Oslo time AttendingGuidelinesDate for Next GMBudgetCosts of hiring a corporate lawyer and an IP lawyerKickstarter rewardsProject managementGeneral meetingsRepository of ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2012, 5:42 AM by Gabriella Levine
  • Crowd Sourcing and outsourcing problem-solving http://www.hypios.com/product-services/seekersolver-ressources (thanks Audrey RIchard Laurent)http://www.innocentive.com/https://www.brainshark.com/innocentive/vu?pi=zGtzus4Gsz4IX8z0&dm=5&tb=0&bg=707070 ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2012, 5:44 PM by Cesar Harada
  • Genetically Engineered Bacteria Become The World’s Most Efficient Plastic Factory Via Hei Chenghttp://www.fastcoexist.com/1680691/genetically-engineered-bacteria-become-the-worlds-most-efficient-plastic-factoryNo more making plastic from fossil fuels and creating huge amounts of ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2012, 7:16 PM by Cesar Harada
  • Super-sponge polymer turns oil spill into floating gel Via Harry Vermeulen http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/10/super-sponge-turns-oil-spill-into-floating-gel.html 12:33 9 October 2012 Sandrine Ceurstemont, editor, New Scientist ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2012, 4:09 AM by Cesar Harada
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Current technology to skim oil spill harms the health of cleaners, cannot operate at night safely, is not in operation far from shore because it is too costly, and cannot operate in rough weather. 

Origin of the name & Biomimicry

Protei is the plural for 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 Community
protei-team-map
Protei team as of May 2012


Get involved

Everyone is invited to participate to Protei as
  • Individual, amateur sailor or qualified engineer
  • University, student of Professor.
  • Non Profit
  • Company
  • Governmental
  • Intergovernmental Organisation


Looking for


We are currently looking for 
  • Sponsors. A unique opportunity to associate your brand with an innovative environmental technology with a global reach and long term vision.
  • Accountant and book keeper to help us manage Open-H2O and Protei.
  • Drupal developer. Volunteer to structure and code our future community website. Our future website would be a place to 1. co-develop (ala Instructables), 2. License Open Hardware H2O (ala creative commons), 3. share real-time ocean data (mashup of Cosm & Google maps). 
  • Community manager to keep our research community activated and on track and sharing with the world the awesomeness of what's happening in the world of ocean robotics on social medias. 

Get in touch with us : contact@protei.org