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Oil spilled moves downwind : we are sailing upwind to capture it. Protei is an ocean cleaning and research open hardware drone. Read more

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Oil spilled moves downwind : we are sailing upwind to capture it. Protei is an ocean cleaning and research open hardware drone.

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    1. Creator Cesar Harada on March 22, 2013

      Hello dear Jason.

      Thanks a lot for your message. Yes, I need to give updates, I apologise.
      Our whole group has been going under tremendous re-organisation this winter : www.cesarharada.com/protei-inc-and-open-h2o/
      We have been through internal political storm and as we are coming out of it, we are now working towards the transition from prototype to product. From being an informal research group to become a real company that delivers products around the world. It's been quite a ride and I am so apologetic we're taking forever to deliver.

      Gabriella Levine and myself are now in the middle of the Indian ocean, sailing with the unreasonableatsea.com
      and building a strategy for Protei, testing markets, to deliver a product that will be usable all around the world.
      http://www.cesarharada.com/tag/unreasonable/
      You are right ... there is so much to update with.

      In a few blog post I will announce that we have decided to move our headquarters from San Francisco to Shenzhen (China) in order to accelerate manufacturing and be ready to scale our production. So yes, a lot has happened. We are working restlessly to deliver the 1m boat at the end of the year : goal is december 2013.
      I see that we need to ship you a coloured manual. In the mean time allow me to point at : http://issuu.com/cesarharada/docs/protei-handbook-a4

      I apologize again for the lack of update, I have been trying to keep up on my personal blog, we'll have a big update soon ! Thank you so much for being our patient backer !!! My apologies again.

    2. Creator Jason Aller on March 22, 2013

      It has been a while since the last update (Sep. 28, 2012) and it would be wonderful to catch up on what has been going on.

    3. Creator Cesar Harada on March 17, 2012

      Dear Phil and Chuck, I'm really sorry for the very long wait. We're in the process of moving the Headquarters of Protei from London UK to the USA currently and we'll be fully set in the USA hopefuly in the late spring. Sending reward will be much easier from that point. We're also in the process of forming as a non-profit and we'll use that status to send you the reward but have not obtained yet our status. Again, I apologise for delay.

    4. Creator Chuck Pell on February 16, 2012

      I signed up for a hoodie, too ($150). - Chuck Pell
      Go check out my TEDMED Talk at
      http://www.tedmed.com/videos-info…

    5. Creator Phil Pham on February 3, 2012

      Any updates on when we'll receive the Pledge awards? I signed up for the hoodie at $150.

    6. Creator Cesar Harada on September 7, 2011

      That's very nice! Wool! Ha! One more material to test !
      Thanks for link!

    7. Creator Wouter de Valk on September 7, 2011

      Great to see all your hard work come to this wonderful result. Congratulations! Reading the Economist this weekend I saw an article regarding oil soaking capabilities of wool: http://ht.ly/6npqs Is this useful?

    8. Creator Cesar Harada on April 12, 2011

      @Nadine : Sure thing ! We'll post updates here on the kickstater, on the Protei website and on facebook Open_Sailing group :)
      @Annie : Merci !

    9. Creator Nadine Freischlad on April 12, 2011

      Amazing! Congratulations!! :) Good luck on all your next steps. Keep us up to date!

    10. Creator Harada Annie on April 11, 2011

      la planète est pour tous, les dégâts aussi. Alors mettons du côté de ceux qui ont la force et le courage de faire pour le bien de tous et respectant la nature et en ne la mettant pas en danger. Altruisme et humilité en respectant la fragilité de la nature et des vivants !! Merci César et tous ceux qui sont animés par la Vie la Vraie. Next step V2 and so on ... We are always here for all of you. Love Annie Harada

    11. Creator Cesar Harada on April 11, 2011

      @Robert : Thanks so much to help us put the word out !!
      @Andrew : Yes, both big and small medias are good, many "likes" on facebook help a lot that's true! thank you so much guys for your help! 24 hours to go GO GO GO !!!

    12. Creator Andrew Pisher on April 10, 2011

      Oh and contact local news stations to tell them about the Protei project.

    13. Creator Andrew Pisher on April 10, 2011

      The best way to spread the word is through social media. Twitter, Facebook, youtube and all the smaller ones.

    14. Creator Robert Douglass on April 10, 2011

      This video explains a lot more about the project: http://www.fastcompany.com/1745760/cleaning-up-oil-with-a-swarm-of-autonomous-sailboats
      If you're thinking about backing Protei, make sure to watch!

    15. Creator Robert Douglass on April 9, 2011

      Yay! Slashdot published the story! Let's hope this BRILLIANT project gets some extra funding!

    16. Creator Robert Douglass on April 9, 2011

      Ok here's what you can do. I've submitted the story to Slashdot. http://slashdot.org/submission/1524516/An-autonomous-sailing-robot-to-clean-up-oil-spills

      If you have an account, log in, and click "Is This a Worthy Story?"

      If you don't have an account, get one.

    17. Creator Robert Douglass on April 9, 2011

      I can't believe this isn't getting more press. This is a project that thousands of people would be willing to support. What can people do to spread the word???

    18. Creator Ben Jervey on April 9, 2011

      Congratulations to all! So excited to see the prototype--and the first round of hard data!

    19. Creator Cesar Harada on April 9, 2011

      @Shabnam : THANKS A LOT SHABNAM! We got each other's back! Thanks so much !!!
      @Jean-Noel : WE did it !!! THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!
      @Walter : Thanks a lot, yes, this is just the beginning of the adventure !!!

    20. Creator Shabnam on April 9, 2011

      Fantastic!
      You guys made! Great work and we'll keeping on back you!

    21. Creator Jean-noël Lafargue on April 8, 2011

      You did it ! Congratulations.

    22. Creator walter mason on April 8, 2011

      congratulations! i'm really glad you guys have made your goal. you have an amazing invention, and it deserves getting built. all the best.

    23. Creator Cesar Harada on April 8, 2011

      @Edward : Thanks ! We need help, we are so close!
      @Rob : Thanks, yes we are !! And we're all on the same boat HAHA!
      @jrgd : I'm over-excited too, this is really nerve-breaking, so close !!!! Let's do it !!!!

    24. Creator Edward Clark on April 7, 2011

      I'll try another, more courteous, approach to recruitment of new donors. I'll also try to get some of my friends to chip in. That's because I think your project is outstandingly intelligent & could be of enormous ecological & health value at very low costs affordable to virtually any nation, state or city needing to clean up oil spills swiftly & cost-effectively.

    25. Creator Rob Rogers on April 7, 2011

      This looks amazing- and you're so close!

    26. Creator jrgd on April 7, 2011

      Cesar i'm amazed and diving into your marvels! Thanks for all that: i'm overexcited!

    27. Creator Cesar Harada on March 31, 2011

      @Jim Burley : We are opting for flexibility instead of stiffness : bend with waves, tilt with gusts of wind. Protei is mostly submerged so it may not endure the waves as bad as a conventional boat. Think of it as a torpedo with a sail. Because the body is mostly cylinder-shaped, it is easy to make self-righting.

      @Ron : Thanks ! you make our project possible !

    28. Creator Ron Bassilian and Jim Wheelock on March 30, 2011

      This is really awesome - a textbook case of why I love Kickstarter.

    29. Creator Jim Burley on March 30, 2011

      How do you deal with severe ocean/weather conditions?

    30. Creator Cesar Harada on March 17, 2011

      @Nadine : Thanks a lot Nadine for your support! We are working on the 1m long prototype for backers next week, so in about 2 weeks at most, you should be able to see how your Protei will look like - we'll post a link on youtube. It is not difficult to ship, so don't worry, we'll get it to you :D Also, I need to clarify : the kit will have everything you need : the remote control, the crystal, batteries etc. so you'll just have to put the parts together and sail away!!! Thanks again for your support!

    31. Creator Nadine Freischlad on March 16, 2011

      Exited to see this develop, fingers crossed. If it's too much of a hassle to send me my protei, no worries, I will pick it up myself one day!

    32. Creator Cesar Harada on March 15, 2011

      @Will : The Project is open-source, so anyone can decide to support, use and modify the project. BP owns many chemical and oil-absorbent companies -indirectly-, so they are "the client" as much as they are "the market challenger". They might primarily support Protei for the image as part of their marketing strategy ; we know what we are doing and which interests we are serving : the environment and the people.

    33. Creator will on March 14, 2011

      I think BP should buy the large logo :p

    34. Creator Cesar Harada on March 6, 2011

      @Thingstodo : The $20 manual will have all the Protei versions ever tested, including the large full-scale Protei. The color edition is the same as the black and white edition but easier to read. The large print is the standard the industry needs to manufacture Protei with all the production details.

    35. Creator thingstodo on March 5, 2011

      Is it possible to build the Protei with the manual from the $20 level? Do the color illustrations and larger prints make it easier, or is there more information?