DARPA Wants Programmers to Create Their App Library

Guest_Jim_* - December 13, 2011 12:49PM in Software, Science & Technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, is looking for talented app programmers to work with their ADAPT program. ADAPT is the Adaptable Sensor System and uses a variety of different sensors such as accelerometers and cameras. Basically, ADAPT systems use the same base hardware with differing sensors, interfaces, and power sources to best suit the mission.

This concept is not dissimilar to modern smartphones which have a multitude of sensors and similar base hardware. The people at DARPA want to capitalize on this similarity by getting app developers to work with their system to make programs compatible across all ADAPT systems. Ideally this would enable a foot soldier with a tablet to monitor an unmanned sensor, or another warrior to control a swarm of small UAVs in an Intelligence, Surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) mission with a similar portable interface.

The end result DARPA hopes for is an ever growing library of apps and the development period being on the order of months, instead of years.