That’s a 20 minutes video that explains the process in more details :)
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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 :
- image processing (still and video)
- fluid mechanics
- marine biology
- physical oceanography
- underwater robotics
Thank you for reading.
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 :
- We make and sell boats. Either on demand, small scale, middle or large scale manufacturing
- We can operate boats and replace multi-million operations
- We can sale software, on the boats and server side
- We sell services at sea (communication, sampling etc)
- We collect data that we can sell
- We can analyze data and sell that to policy makers or other labs
- We can do consulting work to improve other boats
- We keep inventing new things thanks to the community inspiration
- We get money from donations because people understand this is an amazing technology and what it does for the world
- We get funding from private sources, like sponsorship
- We get funding from the public state, because we do it for the general interest
- We get to teach about the new tech
- 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
- Softare : http://www.zdnet.com/blog/
open-source/red-hat-the-first- billion-dollar-linux-company- has-arrived/10692
- Hardware : http://www.adafruit.com/blog/
2010/05/03/million-dollar- baby-businesses-designing-and- selling-open-source-hardware- making-millions/
And, yeah, let’s explore and protect the oceans with Open Technologies!
— Cesar Harada (@cesarharada) April 23, 2014
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.
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 :
- 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.
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
“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.”
- 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
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!
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.
Thanks to all who came to attend the lecture.
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:
The GIN852 slides are here (many are similar slides):
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
I was happy to support Mothers choice charity dinner at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong.
In my 45 minutes presentation, I tried to make the audience connect to their life network of events, and to their own social network. The underlying idea being to understand oneself better to leverage all the people around you to achieve great projects. Below are my slides.
Mothers Choice is a Hong Kong based charity that makes a big difference in the life of teenage mothers and addresses many issues connecting to parenthood in Hong Kong. Please support.
Next week I am going to be teaching a class on the theme of “Develop Innovative Open Ocean Technology” on skype, for free. You can attend, but please do let me know when you want it to happen here by voting your preferred time : http://doodle.com/3t39ziye8f8sqvp2 The pool will be closed this friday nov 9th.
About this Skype lesson
In 2010, when the BP Oil Spill was pouring in the Gulf of Mexico, Cesar Harada left MIT and moved to the Gulf to develop an Open Source robot to clean up oil spill. From a friend’s garage he developed “Protei” the revolutionary shape-shifting sailing robot that would sail upwind pulling a long oil sorbent to clean up the oil slick. After a successful Kickstarter campaign the newly-assembled Protei team embarked on building Protei_006 in Rotterdam (NL), the largest shape shifting sailing robot to date. In 2013 CEO Harada and COO Gabriella Levine sailed around the world testing Protei technology and developing a business strategy for an innovation that has the potential to drastically lower the cost of surface exploration and cleaning the ocean with an open technology. Protei aims at manufacturing it’s first batch of commercial autonomous sailing robots by the end of 2013 from their newly built Hong Kong Headquarters with their manufacturing partner Seeedstudio in Shenzhen.
In this class, Harada would briefly explain Protei concept, history and future development and will invite you for questions. The themes that we would talk about are ocean robotics, open hardware for the environment, ethics of business for ocean healthy future.
The videos the participants should watch before the class are :
And imagine what a swarm of highly maneuverable robots could do for the oceans (as maneuverable as these flying quadrotors): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQIMGV5vtd4
Participants should also read
The places are limited, so looking forward to see you there :)
For questions, you can join me here cesarminoruharada – knock knock : do not call during the class :p
A few days ago, I was lucky to be invited to speak in front of about 3000 leaders at the bi-annual APM gathering in Marseille on the topic “Renaissance & Entrepreneurship, New Ways». The organization was seamless, the stage and screens gigantic, the audience smart and enthusiastic. I loved it. I was there as a young tech / green entrepreneur using innovative methods to reach an international audience. I was honored to share the stage with amazing intellectuals such as Jacques Attali, Serge Soudoplatoff, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Axel Kahn, Florence Servan-Schreiber, Cynthia_Fleury, Jean-Francois Noubel and more.
My 3 key themes were :
- Innovation, the shape shifting hull and modular sailing drone
- Open Hardware for the Environment, inviting company leaders to change how they approach intellectual property
- Global collaboration, to solve world pressing problems
I presented more than 200 slides with many videos and several people asked me to post my presentations : they are below. You can flick through the slides and simply click the links on connected articles / sources / videos.
- Plénière : http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/cesar-harada-apm-marseille-2013-prsentation-en-sance-plnire
- #1 Entreprendre pour l’environnement : http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/entreprendre-pour-lenvironnement
- #2 Crowd Sourcing : http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/2-crowd-sourcing-apm-france
- #3 Open hardware pour l’Environnement : http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/3-open-hardware-pour-lenvironnement
- #4 Océans, Espace d’Opportunités : http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/4-oceans-espace-dopportunites-apm-france
Pleinière (12 minutes, ˜3000 people)
#1 Entreprendre pour l’environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#2 Crowd Sourcing (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#3 Open hardware pour l’Environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#4 Océans espace d’Opportunités (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
I really enjoyed sharing my experience during this event, the many smart & difficult questions, the great conversations. I want to send a special thanks to Marc Tirel (for introduction), Fleurke Combier (from APM), Marion Chapsal (coach http://ideasonstage.com/) Yves Rajaud and all the workshop animators – you have been amazing. Also great thanks to my agent who has organized all the logistics of the event, the magic Lavin Agency.
I will come again. The adventure continues!
Today I was very happy to make a first meeting with the great people of Creativity Lab in CUHK.
The lab is not opened yet, so everything is still to be done ! How exciting! Thanks for your warm welcome!
Original file with videos : http://cesarharada.com/download/20131019Creativity%20Lab%20CUHK.key