At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    

Innovation Almanac: Oceanic vacuum cleaner

TK | April 3, 2013 | Story

That’s pretty much what Cesar Harada and his team of researchers have created with their Protei device. There are other oil-cleaning technologies, but the Protei trumps many of them on several fronts: It can go very far from shore; it can operate at night or in rough weather; it’s relatively cheap; and it doesn’t expose any humans to toxic cleaners. Also, its technology is open-sourced, which means that any place there’s an oil spill—and it happens all over the world—people can use or modify its design. Take that, Hoover.

Read More of Our Innovation Almanac:
Stanford's Benign Mind Control
The Forever Clock
Bacteria Mapper
Fire Station Health Care

Cree: Building the Future
No More Double Clicking
A Friendlier Vibrator
An Oceanic Vacuum Cleaner

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of San Francisco.

Have feedback? Email us at letterssf@sanfranmag.com
Follow us on Twitter
@sanfranmag
Follow on Twitter @



Tags:

Photography by: