Monday, October 22, 2007

LabVIEW in Public Places

I've been traveling quite a bit lately. That's my excuse for falling behind on the blog.

Having spent nearly twenty years of my life at National Instruments, I've gotten pretty good at detecting the presence of LabVIEW in the world around me. For example, during the Tour de France coverage on TV, there was a short segment on the San Diego Air & Space Technology Low Speed Wind Tunnel. There was maybe one second of video showing software, and I call out, "That's LabVIEW." Those buttons on the front panel are pretty recognizable.

I recently visited (as a tourist) the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and found LabVIEW in the Vernier Technology Lab. It's used to show how electrical activity in the heart is measured.

I also recently visited—again as a tourist, this time with colleagues from Agilent—the Deutsches Museum in Munich. We went to the museum late in the afternoon one day, with only an hour before closing. This is a big museum, so we were racing through trying to see as much as we could. We ran across the TUMLab, an engineering education lab in the museum, associated with the Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen.

The lab was closed, but through the glass window, I could see a Lego robot. This meant that LabVIEW was probably nearby. I don't think my colleagues from Agilent were quite as excited by this discovery as I was.

I never get tired of seeing LabVIEW in the "real world". I'm proud to be part of the team that's made it possible. And I'm especially proud we're helping educate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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