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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

Protei is recruiting 3 interns to explore and save the oceans

Protei, the Open Hardware, shape-shifting sailing robot,  is about to come out to the world.
We are looking to grow our team to take part into this great adventure.
We are looking for 3 smart, hard working good people  for

If you know people in Hong Kong, or people passionate about the oceans, robotics, Open Technologies for the Environment, please share – Thanks!

 

 

Physics of Sailing


http://youtu.be/yqwb4HIrORM

Nice little video as an introduction to the topic.

20130330 Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a spectacular city. The mountains that surround the city. The beauty of the ocean. The powerful winds. Captured above by our wonderful media team having lots of fun at work.

Before I die, I want to ..., Cape Town, South Africa
First thing we did in Cape Town was to go and meet with Gabriella’s friend who owns a fashion shop called Unknown Union in the hip area of the city. At the entrance of the shop, we were so surprised to find the installation of a my friend Candy ChangBefore I die, I want to …” !

Every time I come across Candy’s work, it reminds me of the good times I had when I was living in New Orleans a few years back, living in the same street as Candy in the Bywater. It reminds me of my dreams, it reminds me that everyone has amazing dreams, and we’re all in this world to make them all happen…

The SAP pitch event

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

cape town, south africa

The pitch event went very well, additionally to our “classic” pitch we added a soundtrack that was emotional and I think it really worked !I love the idea of making a music hall instead of a pitch event :) We won the SAP pitch event in Cape Town and the reward was …

A diner in a chic restaurant with all mentors and special guests

Protei wins SAP Pitch in Cape Town and diner with Unreasonable at Sea Mentors

From left to right, Kamran Elahian, Chris Shipley, Gabriella LevineRozan Ahmed, Daniel Epstein, Prince Fahad Al Saud, Cesar Harada, Matt Mullenweg, Mimi.

We were very fortunate to share the table with this group of exceptional people. Many of which were our influential mentors.

Koeberg, Africa only nuclear power plant

cape town, south africa

We spent about 2 days investigating about Koeberg, Africa one and only nuclear power plant. We rented a car, drove there twice.

Protei in Koeberg, South Africa

You may be positively surprised to hear that the levels of radioactivity that we measured around the nuclear power plant were acceptable. In fact we had higher levels in the center of Cape Town than close to the Koeberg plant. We measured levels on the beach, and in the water at about 1 meter underwater with the sensor we customised with Safecast for the Fukushima expedition. We were able to pay a little visit at the Koeberg Visitor Center and learn all about the plant and the technology they use. Many kids were also visiting. We were not allowed to approach the power plant closer than 2 kilometers. According to documentation in the plant, the cooling of the reactor causes the temperature of the sea to be significantly increased (up to 10ºC) outside the plant outake of water. It was surprising to see that the Nuclear power plant is installed in the middle of a natural reserve that is a highly secured perimeter. What it felt was that the natural reserve was more of an excuse to keep curious people and activist at a greater distance… I’m now curious about the radioactivity levels at Vaalputs in the Northern Cape where the used fuel is disposed.

The local makers

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

Thanks to our connexion Ralph Borland that we knew from the Science Gallery back in Dublin, we were able to have a really nice insight into the maker / designer culture of Cape Town.

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

We were introduced by Paul Mesarcik to the local designer / maker’s world.
Below Protei INC Art Collection very first acquisition !!! Who is the artist?

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape Town University

OPENROV cape town, south africa

We were delighted to find a customised version of OpenROV at the University of Cape Town. Protei and OpenROV have shared a wonderful time at TechShop SF Summer 2012, it is super encouraging to see OpenROV in other countries, being modified and used.

Protei in South Africa

Thanks to Paul Mesarcik that studied electro-mechanics at Cape Town University, we were introduced to Dr Robyn Verrinder of the Research and Instrumentation, Departement of Electric Engineering of Cape Town University. We discussed with local researchers their their latest development in autonomous sailing robot. Above, a freshly build hull that is being compartmentalised and ballasted with fishing lead weights in the bulb. Quite a few researchers are now interested in developing autonomous sailing robots, this is the people we want to involve with Protei!

The Gangster Incubator

Protei in South Africa

We were lucky to meet Marlon Parker (Facebook) of Rlabs who introduced us to many inspiring young people in a not very inspiring neighbourhood. They explained us about their community, the hope they found, how the access to technology helped them feel empowered to look a their future, how it re-enchanted their lives.

We want to keep in touch with the RLabs.

Shuttleworth Foundation


We were lucky to meet with some people at the Shuttleworth foundation. Thumbs up for the Foundation!

Marine Transect, Moving Sushi

The stereo imaging system in action underwater
They explained us how they  sample the coral reef ecosystem using stereo-video to determine fish density, biomass, diversity and community structure along 1 500 km of the Western Australian coastline.

We were kindly introduce by Bernelle Verster of TEDxCapeTown to the amazing crew of MarineTransect & Moving Sushi Michael and Linda Markovina, Justin Beswick .

They just arrived from a 4 months journey the day before our departure from Cape Town! We had to meet!

The East African Marine Transect expedition is a not-for profit expedition that is managed and facilitated by Moving Sushi. Moving Sushi actions strong ideas by facilitating globally important marine-based scientific expeditions to explore the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and how new knowledge is communicated and shared through open source channels.

They just completed  234 dives, were quite tired, and after sharing a quick breakfast they went back to unpack their boat.

Joe Heywood of North Sails

Our last encounter in South Africa was with Joe Heywood of North Sails. It was great sitting down with his family, sharing food and geeking about sail / rig designs. Thanks a lot for your precious advices Joe!

20130320 Fish Pi & Wave Glider

Today my good old friend Ollie Palmer sent me this BBC article about Fish Pi : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21848104 A few minutes apart, my other friend Cynthia Yeung sent me this about the wave glider : http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2011/09/07/on-the-gulf-with-bps-wave-and-solar-powered-robots/

Fish Pi in BBC 20130320

Fish Pi by Greg Holloway. 

“The Fish Pi that will be venturing across the Atlantic will be much bigger than the concept vehicle. Early plans suggest it will be about 5ft 6in (1.7m) long, a foot (90cm) wide and its hull will be made of carbon fibre. Development costs will be about £15,000, estimates Mr Holloway.”

wave-glider-1

Wave Glider by Liquid Robotics.

“The Wave Glider’s capacity to operate autonomously at sea for months on end gathering data from uncharted reaches of the ocean has attracted $40 million in funding, including $22 million from VantagePoint Capital Partners, a leading Silicon Valley green tech investor, and oil industry services behemoth Schlumberger. VantagePoint’s chief executive, Alan Salzman, sees a huge potential market among companies and scientific organizations that now must spend anywhere between $30,000 and $150,000 a day to staff and outfit a carbon-spewing deep-ocean vessel. “Resupplying a ship in the middle of the ocean is staggeringly expensive,” he says. “The Wave Glider has enormous implications in terms of the ability to provide monitoring and information on things in the ocean we otherwise have no access to.”

Such different animals. I’m so in love with the space Protei is operating in. Autonomous sailing robots. An ocean of possibilites. The next frontier. We are a few players now, we may be thousands soon. It feels like it is the beginning of a great epoch. I think we all feel that. It probably has a lot in common with the the exaltation of the first manned flights years. Seeing your baby sailing on it’s own is a magical feeling. Imagining that one day it will become this little dot on the map collecting information, among many other points, such an adventure.

And the numbers are so impressive. The money. The size. The materials. So different. We have large corporations with multi-million investments on major media outlets  facing devices made of parts that costs a few hundred dollars. And we’re all progressing fast with so much conviction, underdogs, overlords, all humbled by the power of the elements, all willing to be brocken and try, try again. I am happy I read these 2 articles side by side today because it informs me with the situation of Protei. I feel we’re somewhere between these 2 extremes. A rather sweet spot. A good place and we must pursue that “middle” slice. Not only for hackers, not only for big corporation, for everyone. I’m excited. Let’s go.

20130117 Sampling plastic debris in Hilo, Hawaii. Unreasonable Media Episode 2

Previous post on the same topic : http://www.cesarharada.com/20130118-hawaii-big-island-plastic-beach/

http://unreasonable.is/video/episode-2-robots-that-clean-the-oceans/

Special thanks to Dr Hank Carson, Dr Markus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, great meeting you all, and thanks for your guidance.

Let’s be Unreasonable in all languages around the world !!!

Call to translators !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxHLN8kvMWs

Hello, my name is Cesar Harada, French-Japanese Ocean Roboticist and TED Senior Fellow. With my colleague Gabriella Levine of the Open-H2O community we are developing the Open Hardware Shape-Shifting Sailing Robot to explore and protect the Ocean called “Protei.org“. We have the extreme privilege to have been selected by the Unreasonable Institute to develop the next generation of business hoping to impact the life of millions, mentored by an astounding group of world-class entrepreneurs and leaders, from Matt Mullenweg (WordPress) to Nobel Peace Laureate and Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  the Vice President of Business Development at Google Megan Smith and many more. And like this wasn’t exciting enough, we will do all of this on a ship, sailing around the world for 4 months, stopping in the most significants ports, meeting potential sponsors, investors/partners, government representatives , academics, non-profits, environmental activists and discovering local cultures. Wow :)

This is one in a lifetime adventure, we want to take you with us.
We need your help, as translator.
Together, we can share this amazing journey and inspire more people. 

January 6th 2013, we will depart from San Diego, heading to Ensenada in Mexico, than to Hawaii, Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, debarking in Spain April 28th 2013 … See the map  here. If you are in one of these places, we would love to meet you and -if you like- feature you in the blog! The languages of the journey : English (source), French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Malayalam (Cochin India), Afrikaans, Akan (Ghana), Arab. And I dream of : Portuguese, Korean, Indonesian, German, Russian, Dutch, Urdu,  etc : all languages are welcome !

I would write  a few times a week, posting fotos, videos and texts from the mentors presentations on the topics of entrepreneurship, environmental observations, notes about the development of our business and technology (we’ll work on Open Hardware instruments for environmental measurements), travel anecdotes from the boat and the land, some short interviews. I will publish the original blog posts in english, I have set up the system to be multi-lingual so your articles will be easily accessible. Just send me an email with the post translated – and I will copy-paste it, with your credits and links of course – What about starting by translating this one :) ?

If you have more questions, please comment below | if you want to be part of this, email me : contact@cesarharada.com, easy.

The ocean is where all life comes from and is also the future of our societies may it come to food, energy, transport, information and security. We are developing an Open-Hardware technology that we hope will be a game changer to study and protect the oceans.
It is going to be quite a journey. Be part of it.

Unreasonable at Sea: The Epic Documentary

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/unreasonablemedia/unreasonable-at-sea-the-epic-documentary

The incredible story of 11 brilliant tech companies circumnavigating the globe, attempting to solve the greatest problems of our time.
An Unreasonable Introduction: Hello, we are Unreasonable Media and we are not your standard production company. We are dedicated, blindly and exclusively, to leveraging the power of story-telling to shift paradigms and solve problems. We have a world-class team of over-caffeinated filmmakers, graphic designers, composers, photographers, cinematographers, audio engineers, writers, and producers. The common thread throughout our team of misfits and craftsmen is that we all feel at home when working at the convergence of story telling, film, impact, and entrepreneurship.We invite you to change the world with us by getting involved in our campaign.

 

The Official Unreasonable At Sea Documentary Poster

The Official Unreasonable At Sea Documentary Poster

Unreasonable at Sea Documentary Badge/StampUnreasonable at Sea Documentary Badge/Stamp

Personalized post card sent from a surprise destination along our voyage.

Personalized post card sent from a surprise destination along our voyage.

Protei, Open hardware Shape Shifting Sailing Robot to Sense and Clean the Oceans.

www.ted.com/talks/cesar_harada_a_novel_idea_for_cleaning_up_oil_spills.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNDXvJjSniI

Open hardware, shape-shifting sailing robot to sense and clean the oceans.The entire hull bends to control providing it unprecedented sailing properties. Originally developed to clean up oil spills, Protei will be used to measure radioactivity, plastic debris, monitor fisheries, coral reefs, algae blooms, provide general oceanographic data or serving as surface satellite link to underwater vehicles.

http://protei.org

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