Thanks to the heads up from ChristianL, we made sure to watch the latest episode of MythBusters, where Adam and Jamie test the urban myth of the Soda Cup Killer: can a styrofoam cup filled with various beverages (soda, slushie, or ice) shatter a windshield and inflict harm on an unsuspecting driver if thrown head-on from a speeding car?
How might someone test this scenario without having to fully re-enact the entire scene in real-life? How about a slushie-super-collider?
The team blasted the cups of various contents, moving at super speeds through a make-shift cannon at a piezo-electric load cell, and recorded the high-speed impact data with none other than the NI USB-9234.
With all of this usage of NI tools by the MythBusters team, Systems Engineer David Harding is becoming a regular at their lab. How cool is that?!?
I imagine we'll be seeing more cameos of NI tools in future episodes, so help us keep an eye out.
Watch a clip from the episode where Jamie explains the super-collider setup, inluding a specific shout out to National Instruments and their computer dude, David: