Oil spilled moves downwind : we are sailing upwind to capture it. Protei is an ocean cleaning and research open hardware drone. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 12, 2011.
Quiet launch of Protei as a commercial prototype
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.
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 :
And the the great news is that (drumrolls) 2 days ago, we have launched our commercial prototype on our brand new online store.
It is also possible to buy Protei 011 as a kit to assemble :
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.
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)
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 :)