Archive for August, 2007

Ragin’Bot vs. Cajunbot II

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

We’ve had a bit of conundrum around here. We have this big red vehicle that we used to replace CajunBot, and at one point we thought we had decided upon a name for it. But lately we’ve been having trouble keeping it straight. Some of us prefer CajunBot II, while others prefer calling it Ragin’Bot. If there’s anyone around the lab that’s indifferent about the name, they’ve been keeping quiet and letting the rest of us fight it out.

Since we couldn’t come to an agreement amongst ourselves, we decided the next best thing to do would be to let all of our fans decide what the name should be. So, we made the first poll for our new site just that. We’d like for all of you to make a choice as to what you would call it if it was your robot. Well, if you only had those two names to choose from anyway. So, please stop by our front page and let your voice be heard.

Team CajunBot is going to Victorville, CA

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

    Team CajunBot has been selected to be one of 36 teams present at the Urban Challenge’s National Qualifying Event (NQE.)  The NQE will serve as a semi-final event to decide which twenty teams will be competing in the Urban Challenge finals.  The semi-final event has been scheduled for October 26-31 and will be held in Victorville, CAVictorville is located about 90 miles from Los Angeles, and about 190 miles from Las VegasDARPA has produced a press release that includes the list of 36 teams, and can be found on their website.

Along with DARPA’s press release they stated that of the top five teams in this year’s event, only Team Gray had managed to complete last year’s challenge, and that three of the top five teams were not present in last year’s event at all.

Updated Site now Online

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

We’ve just finished updating the site for the first time since the last Challenge. A lot has happened since the last Grand Challenge, and we’ve made a lot of changes around here. We have changed platforms. No longer will you be seeing CajunBot frolicking through the fields; instead, we’re using Ragin’Bot with its simplified and road ready design. We have also redesigned Ragin’Bot to be more effective in this year’s Challenge.

We’ve gone through and updated all of the information throughout the website, so there’ll be a lot for everyone to see. But the biggest change is to be found in the galleries. While there’s nothing new about their structure, we’ve added lots of new photos and videos to them. There’s quite a bit of material from last year to be found. From this year’s photos, you’ll see that we’ve added a couple of budding photographers to our ranks. Thus, our trip to Zachary at the beginning of the year is well documented; and this year’s site visit produced more material than you’ll want to look through.

To complement the content update, we also have a new design for the site in the works. This will hopefully go through in a couple of weeks giving the site a fresh look for this year’s Challenge.

With the upgrades to the site, we will also gain a few new features. Most notably, you should be able to add feedback to any of the posts we make to the site. The guestbook will still available for those who just want to say hi to us. We should also have the chance to provide more information about what everyone is doing around here on an individual basis. We’ve also gained the ability to have polls, so that we can get direct feedback from you about some of the things we do around here.

Of course, we hope you enjoy the new site, and look forward to hearing your responses.