Archive for February, 2004

Team CajunBot in Mardi Gras parade

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

Danny Majors of Med Express Ambulance Service and Julie Simon-Dronet of UL Public Relations can work magic. These Team CajunBot fans made calls and pulled strings, and in just one day had Team CajunBot float in two Mardi Gras parades. After grilling 24×7 work days for two months, the team got a welcome break. Andrew Walenstein was in the crowd to catch the team enjoying the parade. Checkout the pictures taken by him, and compiled in a gallery by Terence Sampson, the team’s webmaster. (Link no longer available)

Arun Lakhotia

K-TEK corporation rushing two laser range finders

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

K-TEK Corporation of Prairieville, LA is rushing two laser range finders to Team CajunBot. The range finders will be used for detecting cliffs (negative obstacles). Our many thanks to Rao Sanampudi and Ivo Radanov for their support.

Arun Lakhotia

Charles conquers SICK LMS

Friday, February 27th, 2004

Dr. Charles D. Cavanaugh, with help from Patrick Landry, finally conquered SICK LMS. We can now receive laser range data at high speed. It was quite a challenge to make the interface cards read 500,000 baud rate. “CajunBot has eyes,” gleamed Firas Bouz with excitement. His terrain modeling software is also debugged and ready to roll.

Arun Lakhotia

Ray Majors to get new vehicle for Team CajunBot

Friday, February 27th, 2004

I had the oppprtunity to meet Brother Ray Majors on Thursday for the first time. This is about three and a half months after he gave us his Max IV ATV after a simple phone call by Charles. The incredible Ray has done it again. He surprised Charles and I. He has ordered a new Max IV ATV as a backup for mechanical failures on our base vehicle. The vehicle will be delivered directly to California. Isn’t that wonderful?

Arun Lakhotia

Firefly Digital & MedExpress Sponsor CajunBot Journal

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Firefly Digital and MedExpress Companies have teamed up to launch CajunBotJournal.com. This website is designed as a virtual daily journal to relay the CajunBot team’s daily adventures, as they unfold. The journal will begin tracking the journey as they leave Saturday, February 28 until they return following the competition, March 13.

CajunBot Chase Team
Visit the official CajunBot website. Click here for more details.
Arun Lakhotia, arun@louisiana.edu