Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist and entrepreneur. He has developed Protei — a revolutionary, shape-shifting, oil spill cleaning, sailing robot. At the moment, he is introducing “a very strange robot for land” to the world. It drives. Is wind-powered. Ultra-light. Ultra-low energy consumption. It demonstrates that certain renewable, energy-powered machines can be scaled in size, volume and mass without increasing the energy required to control them.
Cesar is a graduate of the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, which combines product design in relation to how it affects the environment. In addition, he has studied industrial design and animation. He has worked as an MIT Project Leader (in Boston, Massachusetts) and at Southampton University. At the moment, he is focusing on enhancing technologies that improve the health of our planet and oceans.
He has done research on oil contamination in New Orleans and radioactivity in Japan. In 2012, at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Cesar introduced Protei — the unmanned sailing robot that quickly eliminates oil contamination in oceans. In 2013, Cesar was sailing around the world with his initiative — Unreasonable at Sea — in order to introduce Protei to different communities struggling with environmental problems.
Cesar has lectured on the concurrence of design and environment at Goldsmiths University London, the Netherlands Architecture Institute and elsewhere. He has done public speaking all over the world and has frequently spoken at TEDx events. He is also member of the TED Fellows program.
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