White House: DIY Drones as a great example of innovation in "cyberphysical systems"

The New America Foundation had a conference in Washington DC last week called "Tinkering with Tomorrow: Will the DIY Movement Craft the Future?

The full conference is recorded in the video above, but check it at at the 30:00 mark, when Tom Kalil, the Associate Director of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, singles out DIY Drones as a great example of "cyberphysical systems". That's defined as very low-cost hardware and embedded software--a physical device with sensors and actuators, connected to the network. "A huge amount of innovation is going to come out of this", he said. 

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Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on March 2, 2012 at 10:55pm

Can I suggest a White House Policy for this DIY movement?

"Stay the ^f&#* away!  Leave the hell alone!  'Policy' didn't make it happen. 'Policy' will not improve it!"

Please pass this on the Mr Obama.

BTW, this whole thing is supranational anyway, just in case they haven't noticed...


Comment by Ellison Chan on March 3, 2012 at 10:23am

Chris, you cut it off at the best part, "Beer!" 

Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 3, 2012 at 8:50pm

Nice! DIYdrones is mentioned at 29:45, in response to a question that was being asked at 29:10, so you should rewind to about there. DIYdrones was mentioned as an example of the convergence of software and hardware. That is a very nice plug.

I live in DC. I wish I knew about that conference (if it was open)!


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