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http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-xc2v-des...allenge/17863/


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Budding designers must also devise a vehicle that meets two mission sets – combat delivery and evacuation and combat reconnaissance. To meet the requirements of combat delivery and evacuation missions, the judges will be looking for flexible vehicle body designs that allow supplies, people and equipment to be transported around a potentially hostile battlefield in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

Third place will be awarded US$1,000, second place $1,500, while first place will take home $7,500 and will get to see their vision become a reality as soon as June when a fully functional concept vehicle based on the winning design is due to be ready.
This is actually quite an ingenious concept.
Getting the general populous to make designs for you and paying them a fraction of what it would take for an entire design team.

Google does the same thing with Chrome.
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post
This is actually quite an ingenious concept.
Getting the general populous to make designs for you and paying them a fraction of what it would take for an entire design team.

Google does the same thing with Chrome.
It is called spec design, and it hurts the designer. The company holds a contest where people submit their designs. They do the work without any guarantee of rights or compensation. The company cherry picks the idea and adapts it to their needs, leaving the designer in the dust when a properly orchestrated relationship with a professional designer would probably yield a better result. They are just farming ideas on the cheap.

This is common in graphic design, and hurts the industry.

Can you imagine the text below appearing in a DARPA document detailing the creation of next generation combat vehicles?

Quote:
To help make the mission requirements easier to understand for those without a military background, DARPA has provided four different fictitious scenarios that illustrate how the vehicle might be used in different missions. DARPA and Local Motors will also provide feedback to competitors as submissions are received

Local Motors is accepting design submissions until March 3, 2010, which can be as simple as a sketch on a piece of paper or as detailed as a 3D CAD file. However, the submission must include a profile view, front/rear/Combo view and top (half or full) view.
So as long as you can sketch, you too can work for DARPA. I mean, uh get $1,000 and be on your way watching DARPA roll your design into billions of dollars.
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Wow, I'd hate to be the engineer that gets handed the winning design. "Build this."
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some how i see a lot of "warthog" type designs...
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Obviously a trap.
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I'm not even going to post an Admiral Ackbar image...
    
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Ha. The male members of my immediate family and I have already been working on a design similar to this for a few years. I think I will enter this. I know it isnt the best idea, but I may as well. 7500 is legit. With that 7500 I can go with the better design we have and use the cash to perfect the anti-vibration and anti-sound properties of our better design.
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some how i see a lot of "warthog" type designs...
lawl....thx to Halo.

Its done and it could work.


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Oh I can see this attracting about 3 to 5 million trolls with a new section trolling darpa going up on art of trolling.
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Metal Gear?

(Couldn't resist. DARPA, combat vehicle...)
    
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