MANASSAS, VA — Nova Labs presented a number of new technologies at the 39th annual Manassas Hamfest held June 9th at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. Though traditionally focused on Amateur (Ham) Radio, the newer Maker Tech, which included 3D printing demonstrations and multiple quadcopter and hexacopter drones were a welcomed addition. Christopher Vo, autonomous robotics researcher at George Mason University, showed off a gyro-stabilized camera gimbal that attracted a lot of attention.
Nova Labs’ participation in the fest sought to pay homage to Hams as the “original hackers”, who organized build groups and hack labs similar to modern day makerspaces—back before people called themselves “Makers” and long before it was “cool.”
The hamfest was presented by the “Ole Virginia Hams” Amateur Radio Club, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of Amateur Radio.