An Easy Two Million For Gadgetopia?

By on September 26, 2005

Let’s put a collective project together to win the two million dollars being given away by DARPA.

Created in response to a Congressional and DoD mandate, DARPA Grand Challenge is a field test intended to accelerate research and development in autonomous ground vehicles that will help save American lives on the battlefield. The Grand Challenge brings together individuals and organizations from industry, the R&D community, government, the armed services, academia, students, backyard inventors, and automotive enthusiasts in the pursuit of a technological challenge.

The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge will be held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest. The team that develops an autonomous ground vehicle that finishes the designated route most quickly within 10 hours will receive $2 million. The route will be no more than 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles. The exact route will not be revealed until two hours before the event begins.

There should be enough brain power at this site to put something together. But, we only have 2 weeks left and Cal Berkeley has a head start.

I have a great idea that involves a “Fetzer valve with some, uh, 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I’m gonna need about 10 quarts of antifreeze… preferably Prestone… No… No, make that Quaker State…”

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  1. Having just moved from D.C., I could have probably helped you get at least 1.5 mil. no sweat …

    .. but alas, Deane wouldn’t link up the restart of b4g … so alas, file this under ‘whaddaboutmyneeds’ … andblame him.

  2. .. but alas, Deane wouldn’t link up the restart of b4g … so alas, file this under ‘whaddaboutmyneeds’ … andblame him.

    Um, what? Did I miss an email or someting?

  3. I think I emailed you twice … but … sniff … I know I must accept rejection … sniff … I know I shouldn’t take it personall (pardon me while I slide open the window) … sniff …I won’t take it personally (hey you people, watch out below) …sniff.

    Kidding aside, what about getting 2Mil to design a special effects PDA that pastors could use to dim the lights, turn on music, move to the next powerpoint slide and/or trigger whooshing flames?

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