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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

New Orleans, LA Robots
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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.

New Orleans, LA Robots
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Starting to prototype new ideas!

Hello dear Backers,
Sorry for the slight delay, we've been so busy building stuff, it is getting overly exciting!
After a first week of installing the space, a week of brainstorming, a week of smaller prototype, we are now in the process of building small scale prototypes to test different mechanisms and actuation systems. 

A lot of small scale experiments. Trying to see if it is possible to make a self-righting trimaran. 

Really interesting potential actuation mechanisms below. 

And a lot of brainstorming. So we are building at different scales, trying radically different ideas. We start to have cool hacking happening as the urgency to find a good mechanism arises.  At the end of this week, the team will be divided into subgroups : Mechanics, Electronics, Mathematical model and simulation, admin. 

You can follow the parallel Progress of all these different versions of Protei under our versionning system : 

Stay tuned, because in the coming days we should start putting stuff in the water :) ! 


This is a very exciting time, and this week, we would like to introduce to you our advisor for Oceanography, the fantastic Peter Keen, brought to you by Toni Nottebohm, our film maker .