The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA for short, is a unique team engineers and makers in the Department of Defense. The organization, created in the midst of the space race, aims to explore all kinds of emerging technologies. Their Grand Challenge, for example, was a prize competition started in 2004 as a major effort to push the field of autonomous vehicles forward.
The team behind their latest effort, called the SDR Hackfest, will be in the Bay Area on the 22nd of May at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA to get the word out about their upcoming Bay Area SDR Hackfest, which will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center on Moffett Airfield this November.
The physical and cyber worlds are becoming inseparable. Computers, home appliances, vehicles, cameras, and the myriad handheld devices upon which we all now depend are wirelessly connected to each other and to ourselves, with each system striving to achieve its respective mission in an ever more congested electromagnetic (EM) space. This Hackfest is designed to explore and better understand the complex relationships we are creating within the EM spectrum, and examine in particular the cyber-physical intersection of software defined radio (SDR) and remotely piloted aircraft.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.