• NVIDIA Jetson GPU Meetup
    At this month's NVIDIA Interest group Mike Anderson will talk about DARPA's Subterranean (SubT) Challenge (https://www.darpa.mil/program/darpa-subterranean-challenge). This challenge explores new approaches for rapidly mapping, navigating, searching, and exploiting complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks. As you can imagine this is a highly constrained environment that tests the limits of hardware, software, and local computation. After the challenge is outlined we will have a free ranging discussion on how these types of problems can be approached as well as where light, power efficient and local computation like Jetson GPUs can be used. Please join us if you want to learn about NVIDIA Jetson GPUs, want to use or write software for them, or have things to share about them. The NVIDIA Jetson Interest Group is interested in understanding and using the NVIDIA Jetson GPUs (TK1, TX1 and TX2). These GPUs are specialized pieces of hardware that can do high speed image processing as well as execute the newest neural networks. They are designed for low power operation so they can be used in embedded systems like cars, robots and drones. In fact the Nvidia Jetson TX1 is the chip that powers the amazing Skydio drone (https://www.skydio.com/). This drone does all of its maneuvering using a series of 6 pairs of navigation cameras and a ton of video/image processing on the TX1. There is a 13th camera to record the user and I suspect it is processed by the TX1 as well. The TX2 chip is at the heart of the Open Source Robotics Foundation's robot stereo camera system: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NCimNJTRP6g3ESWhmaqi4t3dOprq7Yvne_JLeCTt3io (on GitHub https://github.com/osrf/ovc). While this group is initially looking at the NVIDIA Jetson family of GPUs, most of our discussions will be completely general and appropriate to anyone interested in programming or using NVIDIA GPUs of any flavor.

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 3)

    1916 Issac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

  • BL: Blacksmithing 101 Sign off
    This class covers the basics of blacksmithing with a simple, fun project. Makers learn essential skills like hammer control, tapering, bending and twisting as well as key safety items like how to avoid burning yourself, branding your friends or hitting yourself with blunt objects. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission. After you complete this class, you can join us at the "supervised practice sessions" and work on anything you can dream up, with help from experienced smiths. Sign off: Blacksmith Safety Prerequisite: NL Green Orientation (GO) class, age 16 to adult NOTE: (Only required for sign off so you can continue using the forge in our Blacksmithing meetup sessions) Minors under 16: this is a red tool. Per Nova Labs safty policy, minors under 16 may not take Red Tools sign off classes Minors 16-17: May take the class, but parents must remain in the lab and available in case needed or in an emergency. FREE for audience and observers!! Just stop by. This is a great time to listen and learn if you would like to try it at a future event. Or come by to see the awesomeness. READ-->REQUIRED to BRING/SAFETY. There are lots of sparks. So, you MUST wear Non-synthetic clothes, including leather shoes and long pants are a must. Long sleeve shirts are not necessary, but no shorts. Bring your own or borrow our safety glasses. We reserve the right to ask any participant to leave if we feel they are compromising safety or disturbing the class. **Refunds are not available if you arrive at the class without the prerequisites and safety compliance. Refunds require 48 hours advance notice and you must cancel your RSVP so the seat can be reused.

    Nova Labs

    1916 Issac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

    $40.00
  • BL: Blacksmithing Practice Sessions and Maker Meetup
    After Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help. Look up fun stuff on Instructables and youtube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission. Cost covers use of propane, materials and tools. FREE for audience and observers!! Just stop by. This is a great time to listen and learn if you would like to try it at a future event. Or come by to see the awesomeness. Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign off Class AND Blacksmithing 101 sign of No prerequisites for coming to view and ask questions!! *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class. Blacksmithing NEW POLICY: Minors under 16 years who have permission to use the tool from the steward MUST work together with a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor. The adult must take Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger. Required safety items: We strongly recommend sunscreen because we are working outside. Other than that, all you have to wear is safety glasses, leather shoes, and non-synthetic clothes. We have safety glasses if you need to borrow them. Suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab. Bring water and stay hydrated.

    Nova Labs

    1916 Issac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

    $10.00
  • Nova Pass Developers Meetup
    Nova Pass is an access control system for Nova Labs. It consists of an open-source RFID badge reader which controls the access to the tool. This meetup is for developers. We will help you get the development environments set up on your laptop. The server is written in Python/Flask/Docker. The reader firmware is C++/Arduino Work on Nova Pass can be applied toward the Nova Labs volunteerism membership requirement. Prospective Nova Labs members are also welcome.

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 3)

    1916 Issac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

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  • Woodshop Office Hours: Projects, help, and tools practice
    Free woodworking meetup for those wanting hands-on tools practice and help making their own projects. Get help and guidance from an experienced woodworker. Highly recommended for all our inexperienced woodworkers who say they are here at Nova labs to improve their woodworking skills to make what they wanna make. Practice what you learning in the yellow and red tools sign off classes while practicing making your own ideas. An added benefit is that you meet our community members. No experience necessary, just a commitment to safety. Supervised practice is a time-honored tradition for learning woodworking. Don't work on your own before you are ready. Stay safe, ask questions, get hands-on practice while improving your tool skills. Minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent. Tool usage: A paper liability waiver is required for those not registered on our nova-labs.org website. tool usage. Safety class attendance is required to use yellow and red tools independently. Excellent practice for those with Partial sign offs to prepare for sign off testing. -->Please arrive well before 6pm to allow time to get stuff done. --> non-members who come are strongly encouraged to donate $5 to Nova Labs (at the front desk or the tip jar) if you benefit from the visit.

    Nova Labs (Woodshop)

    1916 Isaac Newton Square West · Reston, VA

  • Clsrm A BTI360 Private 10/22 6:30am

    *Nova Labs (Classroom A)

    1916 Isaac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

  • DVR NoVA Chapter Kickoff: Creating Compelling AR Experiences With ARKit
    Since its introduction last year, Apple’s ARKit has become an indispensable tool in the belt of many AR developers, laying the groundwork for creating some of the most significant mobile AR applications we’ve seen to date. Join us at the first DCVR NoVA chapter meeting on Oct 22 at 7:00 at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. for a special ARKit development breakout session and hear from a longtime Apple Developer John Nelson as he breaks down the features of Apple’s ARKit API and Apple’s SwiftShot AR demo game. Guest will have the opportunity to play the AR slingshot game Apple presented at this year's World Wide Developer Conference on a loaner device or can bring their iOS device. (iPad works best). There is plenty of free parking! Everyone is welcome to come early and have a tour of the facility. Details of Apple’s ARKit: https://developer.apple.com/arkit/ Learn more about the Swift Shot game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO4-KCLg6OA WWDC 2018 Video on ARKit 2: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2018/602/ About John Nelson: John is a computer scientist with over 37 years of professional experience. His M.S. degree thesis project applies a novel genetic algorithm to lattice-based protein-folding. Current projects include applications In machine learning / AI, virtual reality, game design (using Unity and popular game engines), and macOS and iOS development (using SceneKit and ARKit). John is a long-time gamer, photographer and media hobbyist. AGENDA: 6:30 pm - Doors Open, early Demonstration of Swift Shot AR 7:00 - 7:15 pm - Intro from Steve Sheets and Joseph Cathey 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Presentation & Questions from John Nelson 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Wrap Up (informal game play & continued discussion on ARKIt development) Join us at DCVR in VA. We will meet once a month in a variety of rotating locations. Contact Steve Sheets ([masked]) or Joseph Cathey ([masked]) if you have suggestions for topics, or are interested in presenting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO4-KCLg6OA&authuser=0

    *Nova Labs (Classroom A)

    1916 Isaac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

  • Monthly Leadership Team Leads Meeting
    Internal meeting.

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 3)

    1916 Issac Newton Sq West · Reston, VA

  • WW: Bandsaw: Log to Lumber
    In this class you'll get some firsthand experience using the bandsaw to cut irregularly-shaped objects... logs in particular. *This is not a bandsaw signoff class* *Prerequisites*: Bandsaw signoff (not just the Yellow bandsaw signoff... the big gunz - Red) The bandsaw is a great tool with awesome superpowers. When used to cut wood with flat, stable edges it can transform you from a scrawny runt into a musclebound superstar. However, using it to cut things that are round, tapered, oddly textured or shaped can create opportunities for a red-face, loss of considerable skin, damaged equipment, and other less-favorable outcomes. Using the bandsaw to cut logs requires a new level of discernment. When it is the right tool, and it often is, cutting logs requires extra attention to detail. In this 2 hour class we'll cut some logs up in different ways while learning about the safety issues and a few techniques for safely getting that log turned into something more useful. I will bring a chainsaw and some logs to cut, but if you *have one* you'd like to try cutting, please bring it and we'll at least take a peek. Long (please... < 3 feet) logs must be < 12" diameter. Short fat ones (> 12" diameter) , must be < 12" long.

    Nova Labs (Woodshop)

    1916 Isaac Newton Square West · Reston, VA

    $20.00
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