20140523 Protei in France Info

Original Post : http://scoutbots.com/blogs/news/14228713-protei-on-france-info

 

Protei sur FRANCE INFO

We are lucky to have Protei featured in one of the good radio in France : FRANCE INFO. You can listen to the reportage on their website if you are feeling a little lazy to read :) Thanks to Côme Bastin, Journaliste of WE DEMAIN. Thanks a lot Meng Lau and BlackSheep HK Production for the picture :)

For our archive, I repost it here in French:

Protei : un drone marin pour dépolluer les océans

César Harada et son bateau Protei
César Harada, un jeune homme franco-japonais, veut dépolluer les océans avec ses bateaux sans pilotes et low-cost. César est à la fois un militant du logiciel libre, un activiste environnemental, un entrepreneur entêté et un globe-trotter chevronné.
Il s’appelle Protei. A première vue, il ressemble presque à un jouet, un petit bateau inoffensif. Détrompez-vous! Protei est un drone marin, conçu pour la défense de l’environnement.
César Harada consacre sa vie au perfectionnement de ce drone écolo.  Avec des chercheurs et des ingénieurs du monde entier, il a créé une coque spéciale qui lui permet d’être très maniable même par mauvais temps, comme durant les marées noires.

Un drone articulé

Protei possède différentes coques articulées entres elles qui lui permettent d’épouser la forme des vagues et de changer facilement de direction. Les plans de Protei sont open-source et l’on peut fabriquer Protei facilement avec des matériaux récupérés, un logiciel Arduino et une mécanique traditionnelle.
L’objectif est de permettre une production en grande quantité et à peu de frais de petits voiliers autonomes commandables à distance et capable d’intervenir en cas de catastrophe environnementale dans les océans.

“Anaconda” : un projet qui utilise l’énergie des vagues

César Harad a d’abord planché en Angleterre sur Anaconda, un projet de bateau qui récupère l’énergie des vagues pour se déplacer. Puis il a fait un tour au Kenya où il a travaillé pour Ushahidi (“témoin” en Swahili), une application mobile qui permet à tout un chacun de localiser et d’alerter sur un événement, comme une violence ou une pollution.

Origine du projet Protei

Après la marée noire, de 2010, liée à l’explosion de la plate forme pétrolière “Deepwater Horizon”, exploitée par la firme BP à 70 km des côtes de la Louisiane, il est recruté pour ses doubles compétences (design maritime, design logiciel) par le MIT pour plancher sur un projet de drone nautique capable de repérer la pollution et de nettoyer les océans.
Suite à des divergences éthiques, il quitte son poste. “Quand on veut développer de la technologie au service de l’environnement, on veut être certain que celle-ci va servir le plus grand nombre au moindre coût possible”, explique-il.
Après la Nouvelle Orléans, Londres, une conférence à Dubaï pour présenter son projet Protei et la remise d’un prix environnemental de 300.000 dollars pour son travail, il s’installe à Shenzen, au cœur de la Silicon Valey chinoise, pour accéder aux matériaux électroniques au plus bas coût possible. Il ouvre un atelier où il emploie designers et ingénieurs nautiques et informatiques et lance la fabrication de Protei.

Testé à Fukushima

Ce drone maritime à coque est aujourd’hui commercialisé en kit à 700 dollars, lorsqu’un bateau autonome entré de gamme se vend 28.000 dollars. César manque encore de sponsors pour passer à la production grande échelle, mais Protei a déjà été testé à Fukushima pour mesurer la radioactivité autour de la centrale. Une trentaine de bateaux ont déjà été commandés.

What is a windtrain?

Original post on Scoutbots here.

Maybe you have heard through social media that we have been working on a new type of terrestrial sailing machine we call “Windtrain” – we also have now the Windtrain.org domain. Now you must be wondering “how is this going to help the oceans?” – and you are right to ask. Well, let me explain : a few weeks ago, we were testing Protei “Rationale” in Hong Kong and we left the workshop with a good wind forecast. By the time we arrived, there was no more wind. Bummer. It happened a few times and I started to feel frustrated. So I thought it might be a clever idea to build a sail testing platform on wheel that I could use on the parking lot next to our workshop. Windtrain was born! I also realised that many people have a hard time understanding how Protei – the shape shifting sailing robot – works, because it is in the water ; while a land-based equivalent would be understood by a greater number of people. Also many things that we would learn from Windtrain can be transposed to Protei.

windtrain first test

Let’s face it, Windtrain Zero was not spectacularly mobile :) It moved a little bit but… not something to be hugely proud of :)

Followed a sleepless night : Windtrain “Mister T” was born, for that it is based not on an “+ frame” but on a “T frame”. And it sailed beautifully on Kam Sheung Road MTR parking lot.

That was too exciting to stop there, so I kept going!
For the next version, I decided to bet everything : build a giant Windtrain, 6m, still controlled by the same tiny servomotor : will it work? We had no idea, so we called it “Heads or tails” :) Guillaume Dupont helped me test this one at the Hong Kong Science Park.

To me, what is really beautiful about the Windtrain is that the huge machine is still controlled by a tiny servomotor that uses about the same energy than an iphone ringing.

We only had 24 hours before I would fly to Estonia and demo this new concept when we realised that transporting the Windtrain “Heads or tails” that is 6m long + , would be a problem – oops. So, in a situation of total emergency, we had to develop, build and pack Windtrain “Baltic”, which is the one at the very top of this post. Windtrain was presented for the first time publicly at TEDxTallinn with this slideshow commenting about the history of transportation.

So what’s next? We’ll keep developing the Windtrain until we have a first stable version that is easy to manufacture and ship. So everyone can buy, improve and share :) In other words, you will soon see the Windtrain in our shop and you will be able to buy it online :) We cannot say exactly when or how much it is going to cost but stay tuned :) Exciting !!!

20140519 Cesar HARADA @ La Paillasse

Time : Monday, May 19at 7:30pm in UTC+02
Location : La Paillasse, 226 rue Saint Denis, 75002 Paris, France [map]
Language : French & English

https://www.facebook.com/events/1510343822511741/

Cesar Harada Masterclass @ La Paillasse Paris France

http://prezi.com/_dukir2btdmy/

Cesar Harada 2010 - 2014
http://prezi.com/_dukir2btdmy/
Above were my slides as a Prezi
We are delighted to present Protei at la Paillasse in Paris, one of the most exciting place in France for creative technologies. Come! Share :)

1- Contributeurs

  • César Harada : invité d’honneur
  • Clément Épié : co-organisation
  • Nicolas Loubet : co-organsiation
  • Quitterie Largeteau : documentation
  • Amandine Marty : documentation

2- Descriptif

Quoi : une masterclass d’une journée pour (1) découvrir l’univers de Cesar Harada (inventeur de Protei) (2) ouvrir les portes de l’écosytème ‘makers’ de Paris (Ile-de-France) à César.

3- Communautés

#Open hardware
#Crisis design
#Océan / écologie
#Bio hacking

4- Makerspaces

  • WoMa Paris (Guillaume Attal)
  • Ici Montreuil (Nicolas Bard)
  • EcodesignLab (v/ Gayané)

 5- Planning

  1. 9:00-12h00 : Test du Protei 011.1 dans l’eau avec 3 élèves ingenieurs de l’ESPCI (RDV 9:00 RER Parc de Sceaux)
  2. 12:00-13:30 : Déjeuner à La Paillasse
  3. 14h – 15:30 : Visite d’ICI Montreuil en compagnie de Nicolas Bard (135, bvd Chanzy, 93100 Montreuil)
  4. 15:30 – 16:30 Déplacement en metro
  5. 16:30 – 17:30 : Visite de WoMa Paris, en compagnie de Guillaune Attal (15 bis rue Léon Giraud, in Paris 19eme)
  6. 17:30 – 18:30 : Déplacement en métro
  7. 18:30 – 19:30 : Apéro à la Paillasse (226 rue Saint Denis, Paris). Chaque participant ramène à boire ou à manger / l’ensemble est mis en commun !
  8. 19h30 : Introduction par Thomas Landrain (président de La Paillasse)
  9. 19:45 : Interview de Cesar par le (super) blogueur Jean Noel Lafargue
  10. 20:30 : Keynote Cesar Harada
    Nairobi, Kenya. Ushahidi HQ.
    Boston, USA. MIT
    Definition of ethics
    New Orleans, Birth of Protei.
    Documentation
    Crowdfunding
    London, Homelessness
    Savannah Ocean Exchange
    San Francisco
    TechShop
    Unreasonable at Sea
    Ocean issues & opportunities
    Hong Kong / Shenzhen
    Built of a office and workshop
    Running a business
    Open hardware / design
    Windtrain : Physics, low renewable energy vehicle
    Panthalassa : Ocean workhorse
    Method, plans
  11. 21:30 : Conversation sur le Futur de Protei and open hardware pour les oceans avec MarcTirel

Cesar HARADA at TEDxTallinn Estonia

My slides are here
http://prezi.com/4xqopxwak0d6/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

The prototype that I presented to demo was tested (for the first time) the next morning in the parking lot in front of the hotel : http://youtu.be/yZu5t5Vqeoo

Life drawing / changing workshop

http://goo.gl/Sys4e7

This is my slides for the GOOD100 + you workshop that took place in Hong Kong Paperclip with Rachel Chan, on the invitation of GOOD HK Chapter leader Maggie Lin.  Thanks to all for coming !


That’s a 20 minutes video that explains the process in more details :)

Protei is looking for sponsors

Yesterday evening, Scoutbots LTD and Protei INC CEO Cesar Harada pitched Protei for sponsorship as the closing event of the incubator i2i incubation program organised by SOW Asia at Paperclip coworking space in Hong Kong. We would love to share the slides here on our blog as we are looking for sponsors. These are our current sponsors.

As a google presentation :

On slideshare :

For enquiries, please email : admin@scoutbots.com

20140426 Ocean Plastic Debris Optical Sensor. Research Proposal for DIY low cost sensor

I am interested in developing a low cost, DIY plastic debris sensor that would be mounted on the bow of regular ships, boats … or an autonomous sailing robot :p
The project was suggested by both Doug Woodring of Ocean Recovery Alliance and Christine Greenberg of the Harbour School, Hong Kong. The concept was born during a conversation with Hank Carson (Hilo University of Hawaii), Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummings (5 Gyres) in January 2013 while sailing on the MV Explorer across the Pacific Ocean and after a visit of Kamilo Beach south of big Island.

In a nutshell and richly illustrated :
Plastic ocean map, macro, micro debris
The ocean have millions of tons of plastic, but it tend to be broken down so small, the naked eye cannot see it.

Current technology _ manta trawler
Currently we are using large extremely expensive research vessels to drag plankton manta trawlers and we count plastic bits manually under a microscope. It is slow, expensive and potentially dangerous.

our solution
I suggest we use a machine similar to an LOPC (Laser Optical Particle Counter) that marine biologist use to count plankton, but refit them to measure plastic. This machine could be installed at the bow of ship. A vertical stack of them would allow the continuous collection of plastic as well as plankton data, at different depth. I insist, we would not collect physical samples, only data. This system would provide near-real-time plankton / plastic qualification and quantification, much higher resolution, and all of that without human repetitive labour. I believe that such installation at the bow of a ship would be safer and attractive since the ship could sail much faster than with a trawler. The idea is to make the system lightweight and low cost so it could be mounted not only on research vessels, but on any type of vessel becoming a sort of Ship of Opportunity.

In the document I outline a roadmap to develop the sensor, from the lab, to the river, to the ocean. I am aware that few micro-plastic debris can be found in rivers, mostly large debris that end in the ocean where they are broken down with the action of UV, salt, the mechanical action of wave and animal bites.

Step 1 : recreate the elements of study and the conditions.
Plastic, algae, plastic + algea

Step 2 : create a “loop” where water flows carrying plastic debris as well as plankton and contaminated plastic debris.
Lab

Step 3 : Get out of the lab and test the counter in an open channel.
Channel

Step 4 : try out a stack of channels in the open sea.
our solution
Step 5 : map the data.
plastics map

 

This is a very exciting topic for me and I look forward to update you about our progress – that will be logged on Scoutbots.com.

You can view and comment the original document (much longer) here : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_pVjD9tWjHNkvA9ZPX_OD27gRgoPCt9KAEWeEBHc_rQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please let me know if  you are interested in helping on the project. We need expertise in :

  • optics
  • image processing (still and video)
  • electronics
  • fluid mechanics
  • GIS
  • marine biology
  • physical oceanography
  • underwater robotics
  • statistics

Thank you for reading.

How do you make money with Open Hardware?

Protei 011.1 test in Lamma Island Hong Kong
Photo by Meng Lau [blacksheep.com.hk] Cesar Harada, holding Protei 011.1 in Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

I should say as a preface is that I am far from being rich (in money) but I am rich in ideas about how one can make money from Open Hardware. Just a few minutes ago I sent this email to an academic friend of mine who is trying to convince his senior University staff how Open Hardware can be profitable. I am sharing this for myself as research note, but also because it might help other people doing Open Hardware work to explain what they do, and how they might sustain it. The technology I am commenting about is Protei, the Open Hardware, Shape-Shifting Sailing robot to explore and protect the ocean.

A/ how you make your profit based on open source hardware and software?

On top of my head writing in the MTR (Hong Kong train system) I can give you a few short term ways to profit from an open source technology.

Open Hardware does not mean free :

  1. We make and sell boats. Either on demand, small scale, middle or large scale manufacturing
  2. We can operate boats and replace multi-million operations
  3. We can sale software, on the boats and server side
  4. We sell services at sea (communication, sampling etc)
  5. We collect data that we can sell
  6. We can analyze data and sell that to policy makers or other labs
  7. We can do consulting work to improve other boats
  8. We keep inventing new things thanks to the community inspiration
  9. We get money from donations because people understand this is an amazing technology and what it does for the world
  10. We get funding from private sources, like sponsorship
  11. We get funding from the public state, because we do it for the general interest
  12. We get to teach about the new tech
  13. Oh! … And we can get paid to do the research :)

On the long term open source could mean that other people fork your technology – transforming your technology / product into a market.
Product -> Market. So suddenly you would benefit from people improving on your work, and you can improve of theirs.

I like to think about it this way :
You can become a leader by taking an unfair advantage and keeping it
You stay a leader by fairly inviting everyone to enjoy the advantage you found.

So it is not about developing a cool technology but also about building a vibrant community around the technology. In fact even if you started it, the community will overtake the technology and make it its own. That is particularly true about science and innovation. The more people would cite you, extend your work, improve it the more valuable you will be recognize as the source.
In the industrial context the more people copy, the more influence. The history of Arduino is a great example of that, now you can find hundreds of copycat, their brand is thriving more than ever. Your competition becomes essentially your best advertising. And they automatically become part of your community and you can learn from their improvement. It is not about control, it is about having access and making sense of the information. Building the intelligence nexus, is how you stay the leader in your area. We cannot control the boat makers, but we can become the resource where everyone goes to, and share their improvements and new ideas.

Two closing references

And, yeah, let’s explore and protect the oceans with Open Technologies!

20140422 Gamers controlling fleets of robots at sea? Protei at Polytechnic U. Hong Kong, Game Design Department

It’s a great pleasure for me to present Protei at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and brainstorm how Protei could be used by gamers.

  • Time : 19:00 – 20:00. Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
  • Location : V1124, School of Design, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower. Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Below are my slides : http://goo.gl/7j6Evt

 

Thanks to Prof Gino Yu and Hanna Wirman for the invitation.

Protei TED talk slides

Here are the slides of my TED talk in a Google presentation format. Thanks so much for watching it.

http://goo.gl/fX2yC8

The TED Talk (from the TED official website)

www.ted.com/talks/cesar_harada_a_novel_idea_for_cleaning_up_oil_spills.html

If you want to embed THE SLIDESHOW :

<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WCa1dMLxcjMtT10lkLF0rWp4TdEFnFF1yJLCLn4Af-Q/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”500″ height=”404″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

If you want to embed the THE TALK VIDEO :

<iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/iNDXvJjSniI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

20140419 Lunchbox in space

Today, I was really enthralled to witness the launch of a lunchbox in (near) space by the  Hong Kong Space Group, going after the Global Space Balloon Challenge. The balloon started flight around 11:00 and descended at around 13:00. Here is a short video of the launch :


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW5m_XRbWdU
The official video is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x9FX3qGcjk

launching a camera in near space
The team is

  • Andy Kong – Mission Control
  • Allen – Software Guru
  • James – Plane Designer
  • Henry – Plane Designer
  • Ricky – Balloon Specialist
  • Marcus – Test pilot
  • Marc – Classified
  • Sunny – Software

Many Dim Sum Lab members joined the launch. The lunchbox is currently drifting in the middle of the ocean, if you can collect you and return it to to Andy Kong, there is 500 HKD reward for it :) Current location is being updated on the group blog : http://gsbchkteam.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/location-of-the-box-there-is-500-reward/
We all hope we can get the blue box back and enjoy the video it has taken, most likely looking like this one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCAnLxRvNNc

This is what the box looks like inside.
Dim Sum lab member about to launch a camera in space
The team had made very nice job sharing their research, about the weight calculation of the balloon, the camera control, they used the ardupilot (manual) and they even logged and published the data of their last crash. I would love to have the full parts list and diagrams perhaps. The video feed did not work today during the flight even though it worked before during tests.

I’m excited to meet great people with creative technology initiatives in Hong Kong and I hope great collaborations with Protei will happen in near future

GOOD 100 + you

It is my great honour to be selected as GOOD 100 of 2014.
GOOD 2014, Cesar HARADA

http://magazine.good.is/projects/the100/profiles/cesar-harada

“There is an emerging identity crystallizing on our planet. People are increasingly considering their personal impact in a global light. We call this identity the global citizen. The 100 people you will learn about here capture what it means to be a global citizen in 2014. They belong to a community of doers that you too can be part of. But where to start? The first step is asking yourself what kind of doer you are. Inspired by the 100 members of the fourth annual GOOD 100 and the personality test published 52 years ago by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, we’ve created a 100-question quiz that will align your work with one of 16 “doer personality types.” Thus, as you make your way through the site, you won’t just be learning about 100 global citizens—hopefully you’ll be learning about 101.”

GOOD 100 selection
To celebrate and share the best of us with the GOOD community in Hong Kong, we are holding a free workshop :

  • Time : May 3rd, 15:00 – 17:30
  • Location : Paperclip co-working space, 3/F, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3586 2888
  • MTR Sheung Wan, Exit B

https://www.facebook.com/events/1498747023680499/

The workshop leaders will be Rachel Chan (also GOOD 100) and myself, on the invitation of GOOD HK chapter representative Maggie Lin.
“Cesar will lead the life-mapping exercise. Using himself as a case study, he will guide you to draw your entire life on a piece of paper: connecting your personal goals to that of others, and to what the world needs. Then Rachel will share tips and resources as to how your aspirations can be realized with her rich experience in doing good and doing well.”

I just met with Rachel Chan and I can guarantee she’s amazing. From GOOD 100 page :
“Rachel Chan is on a mission to light a fire beneath Asia’s business sector. In the growing landscape of social entrepreneurship in Asia, Chan is leading the charge to inspire young people to build innovative and socially positive startups. She believes that businesses should embrace the competitive and sustainable advantages of doing good, rather than acting out of social obligation or regarding it as a necessary burden. In 2007, Chan founded InnoFoco, a holistic social-branding agency in Hong Kong that helps startups maintain both their competitive edge and their commitment to social good. In 2010, InnoFoco partnered with the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture to found Make a Difference, or MaD, an annual conference that brings together 1,500 young people who come from all over Asia to listen to talks by leading computer scientists, educators, artists, and business leaders. This March, Chan will launch Let’s Make a Difference HK!, an initiative to foster collaboration between high-impact startups and corporations in Hong Kong.”

We are looking forward to see you at the workshop! it’s going to be tons of fun!

20140312 Protei in Liberation, French Newspaper

20140311Liberation

20140311Liberationb

Great honor for us to be featured yesterday in the well distributed French newspaper Liberation alongside our distinguished sailing robots VAIMOS, Wave Glider, Emily and Saildrone. Thanks to Herve Marchon for the great article.  Full article on-line for the subscribers  here.

 

20140305 Lecture : School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Today I presented several works at the  School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, on the invitation of the brilliant Takuro Mizuta Lippit ak DJ Sniff. It was interesting to present to a young designer crowd and connect older art / design works I did to my current robotics research Protei- all creative to my point of view. Here are the slides. I highly recommend to pump up the volume and turn off the lights for the 2 first videos on Vimeo.


http://goo.gl/PpUjJM

Thanks to all who came to attend the lecture.

 

20140303 How to draw your life on one paper. Past, present and future.


http://youtu.be/EprRmmLyOd8

Yesterday I was grateful to be a keynote speaker at the GIN852 conference. It was the very first time in my life I was asked to speak about my life path. Am I that old already? :)
I was  overwhelmed to share so much about myself, I never felt so vulnerable. I hope that was helpful for the students and inspired them to find the courage they have in themselves to pursue what they believe is worthwhile.

In the 45 minutes presentation I explained about  how to “Draw your life in one page” – which is explained in details in the video above. Over the past few years I developed and simplified a visualization method to map what you have done in the past, where you are now, and how to move on forward. The whole drawing exercise generally take about 30 minutes to do – maybe a little more the first time you do it. For me, it’s been a life changing experience that helped me :

  • gain clarity
  • improved my confidence to take hard decisions and
  • make my life more meaningful for myself, others and hopefully the world (I mean Nature in my case).

I hope it will help you make sense of it all.  As of today 2014 March 3rd, this is my life drawing. Please share your life drawing with me.

The “Draw your life in one page” slides are here:


http://goo.gl/eVUy8s

The GIN852 slides are here (many are similar slides):

http://goo.gl/9Vy3X5

About GIN852 : Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action: Hong Kong-wide Global Issues Network conference will be hosted by ICS on March 1- 2, 2014. Follow us @GIN_852 Description For the past years, the Global Issues Network (GIN) has been an ambitious worldwide event that brings schools around the world together, with the goal of empowering young people to collaborate and create solutions for global issues. However, we believe that international solutions should begin locally. 852 is the area code and also a colloquial term for Hong Kong. Hence, GIN852 both embodies the original international focus of GIN conferences and our unique local context. International Christian School will be hosting the 2nd GIN852 conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The theme for the conference is “Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action.” It is our hope that the conference will provide a great opportunity for students all over HK to work together, learn, and build valuable relationships. Follow us on Twitter @GIN_852 Subscribe to us at youtube.com/user/gin852