More workforce development news from NI and LEGO

I've written recently how well developed primary and middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curricula have become in the 15 years or so since Tufts University and others have been working on developing them. Here is another example of tool sets that are available to take automation education into...

NI fights earthquakes in China

From the press release:  NI LabVIEW Monitors Structural Health of Summer Olympic Venues in Beijing Structural Health Monitoring Systems Monitor Stability, Reliability and Livability of Landmark Venues in China AUSTIN, Texas – July 23, 2008 – National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), the leading governmental...

National Instruments pwns FIRST Robotics automation systems with CompactRIO donation

In another of our regular features on "doing well out of doing good." National Instruments and FIRST Robotics have done the expected (at least by me, anyway). With National Instruments' flagship, Labview, as the engine for the Lego Mindstorm robots that are the precursor to FIRST Robotics (younger kids do...

Goin' through the morning mail

Found the following while checking out the morning mail. More cool online training is now available for all you LabView expert wannabes.

Another Approach to the Kids

Last week my mind was on video games for getting kids interested in process control. (See "Nancy's Great Idea"). Today, this story has popped up on the news wires. Way to go, Ian Culhane. Who says you can't get kids interested in anything besides t.v.

Talk about worker displacement...

Not really...but this is very cool.  From Kendall Slagle at National Instruments: Virginia Tech Engineering Students Use NI LabVIEW to Develop a Fully Autonomous Humanoid Robot  Bipedal, Soccer-Playing Robot Is the First U.S. Entry Accepted to RoboCup AUSTIN, Texas - Oct.

Sensicast ropes in National Instruments

At NI Week, currently going on in Austin, TX, Sensicast made a significant announcement: Sensicast Announces Wireless Sensor Network Integration with National Instruments LabVIEW Enables unprecedented capability for virtual instrumentation/graphical systems to leverage data through wireless sensors