The entire Vence team gathers at the Hecianto Corona, the ranch where we will be conducting our experiments for the second field trip in the coming week. The desert is rather cold in the mornings but fortunately gets quite pleasant as hours pass.
We have setup a small herd of five cattle with our brand new experimental collar in a medium size corral. Our experiment management station has a perfect vantage point allowing us to observe the herd behavior without disturbing the animals.
No field test is complete without pulling a few all nighters. We discovered a few issues with our experimental collar design in the first day at the ranch. The entire team is hard at work to apply the necessary changes before the next set of tests.
We setup a temporary workshop at a hotel near by the ranch where we will be conducting experiments. At this home away from home we have all any hacker would need from 3D-printers to sawing machines.
After a busy three day preparation the second Vence prototype development field trip started. We are at a new ranch in Negoles, Arizona, USA for this work. Our tests will look into both individual and group level behavioral responses to stimulation. In the first day of this nine day trip we tested our brand new cattle collar containing our sensor package and stimulation system.