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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.

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.

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!

20140219 Cesar Harada at Media 360, Mothers choice invitation

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.

http://goo.gl/m0b7PQ

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.

First day in Hong Kong

I arrived yesterday in Hong Kong. I have been thinking about this day for some time, to “make it in China”. It is good for the company. It’s going to be good for me. My very first moments with the bus driver wanting to charge me twice, and the taxi driver not speaking any english refusing to pick me regardless of my heavy luggage were difficult. But since,  everything feels more than right.

Getting closer to Shenzhen. Hong kong

Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

The buildings seem to emerge, growing from the lush vegetation. The temperature is very high and humid.  It’s been raining a lot.

Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

The place where I am staying is a large truck repair yard owned by the father of my friend. My family in Japan are metallic structure builders, the same smell, I feel at home here. We eat all the meals together, with the grand-mother, the parents, the children, the grand children. I really love that 4 generations are living under the same roof peacefully.


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For my first day, I was supposed to go to town and find out about the basics : food, transport, communication, but… I got distracted :) The incredibly kind landlord, the father of my friend allowed me to borrow this mountain bike… and as I was going to get office supply, I got carried away and started a 30 miles journey, some of wich was on broken roads in the mountains.
Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

On the way I found possibly great spots to test Protei.
Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

The Bay between Shenzhen and Hong Kong is filled with long and narrow vessels.

Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

 At some point, what was a road just became a dry waterfall. An accidental canyon.

Cycling around Hong Kong New Territories, north east area.

Overall I am so happy to be here. This is where we must be now. On the edge.

Unreasonable at Sea

https://vimeo.com/40384173
http://unreasonableatsea.com/the-route/

Gabriella Levine and Cesar Harada have been selected to participate to the Unreasonable at sea for the Protei project.
Please watch the video above and you will understand why we are excited to be part of this great adventure. For several months on the sea, we will be in the company of some of the world most forward thinking entrepreneurs that will be our mentors. This is an immense honor for me and for the Protei Project and we will document this journey as well as possible to share this incredible privilege with the greatest number. You can see our dates of the travels and where we will stop on my time line.


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ARRIVE/DEPART DATE TIME
SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES
Depart January 9 17:00
HILO, HAWAII, UNITED STATES
Arrive January 15 08:00
Depart January 16 20:00
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
Arrive January 27 08:00
Depart January 28 23:00
KOBE, JAPAN
Arrive January 30 08:00
Depart January 31 20:00
SHANGHAI, CHINA
Arrive February 3 08:00
Depart February 4 20:00
HONG KONG, CHINA
Arrive February 7 08:00
Depart February 8 20:00
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Arrive February 12 08:00
Depart February 18 16:00
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
Arrive February 20 08:00
Depart February 21 20:00
RANGOON, BURMA
Arrive February 25 08:00
Depart March 1 20:00
COCHIN, INDIA
Arrive March 6 08:00
Depart March 11 20:00
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
Arrive March 18 08:00
Depart March 18 20:00
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Arrive March 25 08:00
Depart March 30 20:00
TEMA (ACCRA), GHANA
Arrive April 6 08:00
Depart April 10 20:00
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Arrive April 18 08:00
Depart April 21 20:00
BARCELONA, SPAIN
Arrive April 25 08:00