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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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Quiet launch of Protei as a commercial prototype

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Dear Backers, 

Last time we sent you an update, it was to share with you some amazing adventures we had sailing around the world to meet the Protei community and immerse ourselves in several ocean issues (plastic pollution in Hawaii, Radioactivity in Fukushima Japan, pollution in China and India, Oil pollution in Ghana etc). We also announced that we are moving to Hong Kong. And we did. We have been in Hong Kong for 8 months now, and a few weeks ago we have finished building with our own hands our new office, and a new workshop for Protei.

Protei Workshop in Hong Kong
Protei Workshop in Hong Kong
Protei Office in Hong Kong
Protei Office in Hong Kong

 It's been an incredible ride. But where are the sailing robots? Well, since we have arrived we have built and tested more than 10 new Protei prototypes :

The prototypes keep piling up !
The prototypes keep piling up !
More and more gearboxes!
More and more gearboxes!

 And the the great news is that (drumrolls) 2 days ago, we have launched our commercial prototype on our brand new online store

Protei 011, first commercial prototype available online
Protei 011, first commercial prototype available online

It is also possible to buy Protei 011 as a kit to assemble :

Protei 011 as a kit
Protei 011 as a kit

To our backers that have backed to the level of receiving a fully functional sailing robot : once we have enough treasury from the orders we will produce the first batch of Protei and ship them to you! We are working on making Protei 011 more rugged and more affordable. 

To our backers that are expecting the documentation about this robot : we are also working on this now the robot is out :)

We are feeling so excited to deliver ALL your orders finally. Not a day has passed without thinking of you guys, and your wonderful support. 

We've recently tested Protei as a modular robot (with multiple masts and payload modules) and we have promising results. 

Protei with extra modules
Protei with extra modules

Now we are dreaming to 

  • improve the mechanical reliability of our sailing robots
  • develop the capacity to control a fleet as a swarm using arduino / android-powered mobile phone
  • develop a truly modular sailing robot to carry payload for data-collection or ocean cleanup (following illustration)
Protei "aquatic wind train"
Protei "aquatic wind train"

We love Hong Kong and we are going to be based here for a good while. 
Thank you again for backing us! We'll get back to you shortly :)

Fair winds.
Cesar HARADA

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    1. Creator Hagop on April 8, 2014

      Wow°!!! So happy I supported this project! Great progress Cesar & Team! Big vibes!!!