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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.

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