Cesar Harada's Unmanned Robots Clean Up Massive Oil Spills
Protei is a shape-shifting sailing robot that senses and clean the oceans.The entire hull bends to control itself, providing it with unprecedented sailing properties. Originally developed to clean up oil spills, Protei will also be used to measure radioactivity, plastic debris, monitor fisheries, coral reefs, algae blooms, provide general oceanographic data and serve as a surface satellite link to underwater vehicles. It's cheaper, greener, and vastly more efficient (it is self-righting and can travel far distances in any weather). It's a direct response to the environmental crises and the financial and technological inaccessibility of solutions to the general public. On stage, Harada expands on his vision of this robotics revolution: where it's going, what it could mean for our ecosystems, and how we can help by spreading awareness of the importance of this new technology.