Well, January has officially come and gone and with the current temperature hovering around -10° F (that's -23° C for everyone else in the world) it's hard to imagine spring-time being just around the corner. But it is, right?
Of course, we all know what spring brings with it. No, not April showers and May flowers - but the gnarliest, most awesome autonomous vehicle competition this side of the DARPA Challenge (perhaps a bit an exaggeration, but you get the point). What am I blathering about? Well, I'm talking about the 2011 SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition of course!
Coming in just a few short months (April 23rd, 2011), the 2011 SparkFun AVC is the third rendition of our very-own autonomous vehicle competition where unmanned aerial and ground vehicles attempt to navigate the perimeter of SparkFun HQ. Now is the time to sign up and start working on your design! We've seen some pretty cool things in the past, like an electric wheelchair turned into an AV (see picture above) and a 6-wheeled cooler that could crawl over curbs.
If you want to compete, go here to sign up. Also, don't forget that we welcome spectators! If you are interested in attending (but maybe don't have the time to work on a vehicle right now), please register as a spectator at our EventBrite page. It only takes a moment, tickets are free, and it'll help us figure out the logistics of the whole thing (like how many delicious food vendors we need). Hope to see everyone out there on April 23rd!