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2015 SparkFun AVC Recap

sparkfun 2015 avc recap

SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition

A couple of weeks ago I attended SparkFun’s Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC). AVC is centered around a competition in which teams build robots for a chance to engage with the Boulder tech community while winning cash prizes along the way. In addition to the robotics competition, there were AVC workshops on everything from 3D printing to the internet of things and analog synthesis, plus a tour of the SparkFun headquarters.

SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition 2015

Data Visualization of the SparkFun Bee-Hive

I collaborated with SparkFun’s Co-founder and CEO Nathan Seidle on an on-site bee-hive. SparkFun built the hardware surrounding the hive and I created a visualization demo reading from the SparkFun data service. The visualization used bare bones JS to demonstrate how easy it is to read from the Phant service. SparkFun’s Phant service is completely open-sourced and can be used by anyone who has a project where they want to store and analyze data. 

Quick Left's Chris McAvoy demos data visualization of SparkFun bee-hive

Open-source, open-source, open-source!

Since we at Quick Left love open-source, you can find the visualization demo on GitHub for public use. I encourage you to dive into the demo and build on its core functionality. Thanks to SparkFun for an exciting day and we’ll be looking forward to the next AVC!

About SparkFun

SparkFun Electronics

SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. No matter what your vision is, their products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun, offers classes and online tutorials designed to help educate people about embedded electronics.