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20130510 Amazing day at the New Lab, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard
I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into when I approached this building.
Well it is called the “Brooklyn Navy Yard“, by the water, just opposite of Manhattan. My friend Architect Mitchell Joachim told me there would be a ton of good people there…

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Brooklyn Navy Yard
Many important people were there! Here’s the menu – I arrived late and missed most of them. Super New York VIP I guarantee.

They were discussing how this was like that :

That today it is like that :

And that in about 2 years it should be like that :

Wow !

120227 Mind Map for website

They want to turn this abandoned shipyard into a nexus of design, manufacturing, education, community, freelance economy – coworking space, incubator etc… WOWOWOWOW! The people in charge of this transformation are Macro-Sea, check them out. I invite you read the New York Times article if you want to know more about the politics of it.

And the people already installed in the place make an impressive group :

Yeah, I know, we are moving to Hong Kong, but I am super excited knowing that a home for Protei might be under construction in New York ;) Gabriella is from here and we dream of being allowed using a table there for now :)

Brooklyn Navy Yard
The New Lab has this huge terrace…

Brooklyn Navy Yard Drydock
And just by the future building there is this large dry dock.

Hunter Daniel and Protei-003 "Ocean Blimp"
I cannot help but dreaming how we could build very large “Ocean Zeppelin” in there ! Above Protei_003 I built in New Orleans in 2010, model is Hunter Daniels.

NewLab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
This is a view of the future NewLab from the current NewLab. Manhattan is just there.

Brooklyn Navy Yard
How about launching new ship businesses?

20130504 Dancer Kids in New York Subway

I just arrived, taking the tube, and that’s what I see.
I love this city, the energy, the talent, the confidence, the freedom of it.

New York City, It's been a long time
A minute before I was seeing this drummers. No wonder it is hard to impress a New Yorker.

20130107 Day 1. Departure

There are some moments that are too beautifully strange to be described with words.

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Snapshot. It is 3 AM and I am playing basketball alone on top of one of the world fastest and most hygienic boat in the world, cruising speed between San Diego California and Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico.

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Screenshot. My name is Cesar Harada, 29, I am an Unreasonable at Sea Entrepreneur. With my colleague Gabriella Levine, we got on board of the MV Explorer, for a 106 days sailing journey around the world with 10 other entrepreneurs that want to change the world, 20 world class mentors, 50 scholars, 600 american students to sail across 14 countries.

Thanks for joining the voyage! I will do my best to document the journey and share with you this privileged experience. This trip will be translated in several languages, thanks to a magnificent crew of volunteers translators : Thank you! We have just boarded, and we haven’t started to work yet. I will explain discussions, people, places, work as it develops over the next few days. The last days have been intense, and “now” feels more surreal than ever before. To understand bit more what’s happening, let’s rewind the last 72 hours :

20130108getting onb board of MV explorer
Vancouver – Los Angeles – San Diego. A few hour ago, I was in the sky, in the narrow cabin of a 4 seat wide plane, flying above mega cities, distracted inspecting my wound.

Ooops butchered myself. 8 stitches please :)

A few hours earlier, I injured myself quite badly. As I brought a large wooden box for FedEx, I was asked – very last minute – to reduce the size of the wood crate I had just made. Working with a new and sharp wood saw just outside of FedEx in the dark and cold  streets of Vancouver Canada, I simply butchered myself. In my bad luck, I am always the luckiest : the husband of my girlfriend’s best friend is a doctor, he decorated me with 8 pretty stitches above my left hand thumb tendons.

Protei_010 shipping from Vancouver, Canada

This is the box, containing 3 – in progress- prototypes of Protei, the Open Hardware Shape Shifting Sailing Robot. Too big to travel with me, the box is being transported to Hilo Hawaii where we will pick it up in a few days as we cross the Pacific Ocean.
Protei_010 shipping from Vancouver, Canada

We will use these prototypes to demo our technology. At sea for the next few months we will be developing both the technology and the business strategy for Protei technology.

It is now 5 AM, everyone is asleep, everything is vibrating as our 1000 passengers boat gently rolls. I am sitting in the cantine of the ship, our vessel is moving fast, cutting steadily through the steamy waters. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. Sore eyes, and brutal expectations.

Protei wins Savannah Ocean Exchange Gulf Stream Navigator Award


I am extremely proud to announce that Protei, represented by Gabriella Levine, just won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award from Worldwide Sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) in Savannah Georgia USA.

This is an immense honour for the Open-H2O (Former Open_Sailing) and will greatly help us to scale and deploy Protei technology over the next months.
October 1,2 and 3, Protei international team is gathering in Oslo Norway to discuss the re-distribution of work and resources.

Digispark – The tiny, Arduino enabled, usb dev board!

That’s really small. And that’s really exciting.
Sorry to make 2 posts in a row of kickstarter projects, but really, awesomesque.

Protei_010 well under way

Protei_010.09, white styrene, glued with Solvent, sweet

Cesar Harada and Gabriella Levine have been working hard for the last month to develop the next generation of Protei in TechShop San Francisco. Gabriella gaining access to TechShop being an artist in residence and Cesar being a TED Fellow. We have been working on several hulls and are optimising Protei design for durability and simplified manufacturing. We’re getting there!

Unreasonable at Sea

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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Depart January 9 17:00
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Squid Hop

During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (Loligo Pealei), we (Greg Gage & Co)  tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol (an iPod) on the squid’s chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful.

More details can be found here: and an explanation of how it works can be found on our TED talk:


For our friends in Germany, we uploaded to Vimeo as well

Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido of Roger Hanlon’s Lab in the Marine Resource Center of the Marine Biological Labs helped us with the preparation.
“Insane in the Brain” is copyrighted by Cypress Hill (1993)