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Think back 40 years ago, when cell phones didn’t exist and PCs were just surfacing. In order to reactivate the first microprocessors and first electronic memory of the 1970s, you would have to recreate a complete software studio from original specifications of Russian and American CPUs. Not an easy feat.


Développement Ingénierie (DI), a company that designs and builds data acquisition systems and test benches, has created an exclusive collection of 12 unique artworks based on vintage components for contemporary art of the Eiffel Tower.




The pieces of art are made from beams and decorative original arches of the Eiffel Tower structure and include a clock showing the stylized Eiffel Tower and Paris. The replicas start to time automatically and show the exact same time as the Eiffel Tower through an onboard GPS receiver.


DI used NI PXI hardware and the NI Vision Development Module to develop and validate the display electronics for the clocks. Using LabVIEW system design software, DI recreated the development of the first CPU in history in a reasonable time while creating innovative artwork. 


>> Read the full case study.


Did you know there are more things connected to the Internet than there are people? The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to grow, and to encourage the use of their products for the IoT market, AT&T organizes hackathons across the country.


A team of NI employees recently competed in AT&T’s Plano mobile hackathon, where the goal was to combine hardware and mobile apps that take advantage of an AT&T data storage service. The 24-hour event allowed engineers to create and develop a project, consult industry mentors, and then present their finished applications. An NI myRIO device and NI LabVIEW software helped the team achieve victory!


The group’s winning Food Truck Analytics app automates marketing and analytics for food truck owners. The final application included a home page, an analytics tab, a location tab, and a social media tab.





The app does a number of valuable things for a food truck owner.

  • It gives instant notifications, like “Your truck is on fire!” 
  • It can broadcast a message through Twitter, like “Come enjoy a 10% discount on all items!”
  • It can monitor and report the truck’s position.
  • It can take a picture from the truck itself using NI myRIO. 





Congratulations to the Chris Larson and the rest of the food truck team on taking first place!


>> Learn more about NI myRIO.


Nuclear power plants are some of the most hazardous environments on the planet. Nuclear decommissioning, the process of dismantling defunct nuclear facilities, is dangerous due to high radiation and other factors such as heat, humidity, caustic fumes, and limited visibility. Sending human operators inside a facility is often too risky.


One solution is to use remote handling techniques, such as operating a robotic manipulator. However, current robotic manipulators are inadequate for nuclear decommissioning tasks because of the environment and design of the devices. Using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI CompactRIO hardware, James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) developed a safe, modular arm that operates with maximum dexterity to navigate in restricted environments.



With the help of NI products, JFN created a valuable tool that can solve many nuclear decommissioning challenges around the world. The robotic arm is safe, reliable, and versatile, and minimizes the risks for human operators working in a harsh environment.


>> Check out another Sweet App involving an assistive arm.

>> Read the full case study. 


Have you ever tried to push an occupied wheelchair up a hill? Or tried to maneuver a wheelchair around corners? Not the easiest thing in the world. Controlling a wheelchair can be physically challenging for the attendant, making it unsafe for both the attendant and the occupant. That’s where a motorized control system can help.


The Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Laboratory (PAMELA), the only multisensory pedestrian lab in the world, created an assist-as-needed control system that not only increases maneuverability, but also reduces the attendant’s propelling load. Basically, the system adapts to the attendant’s individual propelling capability and gives the wheelchair a little extra boost if the attendant is unable to push it.




PAMELA’s assistive control system, created with NI CompactDAQ and LabVIEW, ensures that the motorized force only activates when needed. This decreases energy use, reduces the possibility of injuries, and eases the attendant’s burden of pushing a heavy load– making them a force to be reckoned with! The wheelchair enhancement improves the quality of life for everyone involved.


>> Read another motorized Sweet App.

>> Read the full case study.


The sleek physique of an Aston Martin makes it look like it can travel effortlessly at high speeds, so why not put its racing skills to the test? Not so fast – the engine workload of a race car, which spends most of its time at full throttle, is much more demanding than a normal car driving down the highway. Even a luxury car like an Aston Martin couldn’t hold up without serious modifications.


Aston Martin Racing (AMR) has competed in the 24 Hour Tour Le Mans, the world’s most demanding sports car race, since 2005. Last year, AMR won the championship in the Grand Touring Endurance category with its Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The transformation from luxury car to race car involves significant reengineering, so AMR put its engine engineering team to work.




Severe damage can be caused if race car engine behavior isn’t measured and understood. With the help of Computer Controlled Solutions (CCS), the team created a data acquisition device using NI CompactRIO hardware and NI LabVIEW system design software. This reliable and high-precision measurement system allowed AMR to perform necessary adjustments, ultimately improving engine longevity.


>> Read another Sweet App about racing.

>> Read the full case study.


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Created: Jan 21, 2009

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