Protei defines mankind's problem that it is trying to solve as this: The ocean covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet and yet remains largely unexplored. Our water is filling up with plastic debris, radioactive material, oil spills, and industrial and agricultural run-offs. Even if we stopped producing plastic now, plastic debris would continue to break down and accumulate in the ocean for the next 50 years.
Protei is a durable, wind-powered solution to remediate such problems. Its team has created a shape-shifting sailing robot that is unprecedentedly robust, agile, and powerful and used to sense and clean the ocean. It will be used to clean up oil spills and plastic in the ocean, as well as collect invaluable data about the environment. In order to grow rapidly, Protei developed Protei Open Hardware – a plug-and-play sailing robot fleet, which can be Android-operated and remotely controlled via a simple web browser from a PC, laptop or mobile device.
Cesar Harada is an French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur. He is also a TED Senior Fellow, Unreasonable At Sea Entrepreneur, Figure of progress (by GOOD and IBM), and a Ph.D. candidate at Goldsmiths University of London. He has written on “Open Hardware for the Environment” with a strong focus on ocean communities and technologies as well as teaches Masters of “Design and Environment” at Goldsmiths University.
He is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked as a MIT Boston USA Project Leader and led the Open-H2O (former Open-Sailing) to win the ARS Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] (Austria) and the VIDA awards Fundacion Telefonica (Spain).