On May 19, 2018, DARPA is taking part in Military Invention Day at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, an event produced by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The event will showcase examples of today’s leading-edge military inventions alongside historical technologies from the Museum’s collections, offer attendees the chance to meet scientists and engineers, and provide hands-on invention challenges.
The daylong festival celebrates the crucial role of invention for the United States, explores the changing relationship between military research and commerce, and gives visitors an opportunity to envision how advances in military technology could impact their daily lives in the future. For its part, DARPA is displaying a 100-megapixel, multi-lens Mantis camera system developed by Aqueti, Inc., and biohazard identification technology developed by Toyon Research Corporation. The Smithsonian is also showcasing “Ghostrider,” an autonomous motorcycle developed for DARPA’s Grand Challenges, self-driving vehicle competitions held in 2004 and 2005.
The event runs from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EDT. Admission to the museum and event are free. For more information and to plan a visit, go to: http://invention.si.edu/military-invention-day-2018.
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