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This fall, the LabVIEW Campus Tour is delivering something unexpected to universities. We’re bringing the latest technologies directly to you —and letting you experience a variety of products for teaching and research without leaving your campus or interrupting your class or lab schedule.


The LabVIEW Campus Tour is an exhibition on wheels, showcasing the latest technologies for embedded, control, and measurement applications. Through lots of interactive demonstrations, this tour is the best way to see how you can use NI's industry-standard tools to accelerate your research as well as deliver complete hands-on teaching solutions for your students to "do engineering."   Students will be inspired by the variety of projects on display that were developed within LabVIEW in a matter of hours, instead of weeks or months.


On the Campus Tour bus, there are demos for everyone:


For Educators

  • Measurements
  • Circuits & Electronics
  • Controls & Mechatronics
  • Communications


For Researchers

  • RF & Microwave Design
  • Structural Testing
  • Power Electronics
  • Active Suspension
  • Wireless Measurements

For Students

  • Robots
  • Design Project Examples

Campus Tour attendees can also
learn which NI products are available at their schools, and most importantly, connect with peers and LabVIEW experts. Visit the Tour bus to start (or jump start) your semester.

>> Find Out When We’ll Be on Your Campus. For updates about the Tour, be sure to visit the LabVIEW U and NIGlobal Facebook pages.



What level of LabVIEW user are you—a developer, engineer, or architect? Is it even important?


Absolutely. These categories make it easy for NI to tailor helpful resources to your individual needs. By visiting the LabVIEW Skills Guide, you can see what defines these levels and which trainings or guides we recommend each use to help them develop successful applications faster.


Here are a few examples of skills you can learn from the latest guide:


For Technicians or Basic Developers

  • Troubleshoot and debug LabVIEW code
  • Apply key LabVIEW elements for relating data (such as arrays, clusters, and typedefs)
  • Apply design patterns and templates



For Software Engineers

  • Optimize reuse of existing code for your projects
  • Design, implement, document, and test code modules for each task
  • Derive a task list and high-level flowchart to guide design and development



For Software Architects

  • Analyze, critique, and improve the architecture of a LabVIEW application
  • Optimize code and resources to effectively reduce development time and costs
  • Design an application using object-oriented design principles


Best of all, many of these resources are free or available at a discounted price for students. Questions? Post your comments below and we’ll follow up on them personally.


>> Find your proficiency level in the LabVIEW Skills Guide.

Here’s part two of our LabVIEW 2012 features list. See something you want changed? Let the community know by sharing it on the LabVIEW Idea Exchange. We have a proven track record of listening to—and acting upon—requests made from our community.


Enhanced Stability

NI’s research and development team has made substantial efforts to improve the stability of LabVIEW 2012. In this version, you’ll see how their hard work paid off. But stability isn’t the only focus. Improving the edit-time responsiveness of the entire LabVIEW platform was also a priority, as well as a better error reporter and higher prioritization of CARs.


FPGA Enhancements
LabVIEW FPGA lets designers use less engineering resources and get to market faster. Powerful new features, like faster compilation and tools for simplifying IP resuse, shorten development time and improve the performance of applications.


System Simulation

The LabVIEW Robotics Simulator, based on the Open Dynamics Engine, is a physics-based simulator that emulates robotics design, letting developers validate design and algorithm choices more efficiently and effectively.


Ecosystem Improvements

The “NI ecosystem” is another way of saying our users’ community—their access to each other and extras (like package downloads, add-ons, and instrument drivers). These all help to increase productivity, while offering a large space for certified developers to discuss and grow their ideas. Explore the network to see how it can benefit you.


>> See all of the new features for LabVIEW 2012.

When mechanical engineering students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) took on their annual robotics challenge this year, they did so with some help from NI. Professors wanted to provide undergraduate students with a wide variety of programming experience to help students develop sophisticated code for their robot designs.


In the past, MIT had positive experiences with LabVIEW for robotics research, but they had never implemented these products into an undergraduate robotics course. After only 5 percent of students took part in the coding process, MIT had high hopes that the adoption of graphical programming would help increase the amount of students who were coding in course projects and ultimately enhance the overall robotic design experience.


Before the robotics competition even took place, students worked on various coding projects with LabVIEW and CompactRIO. In a short time, students were using LabVIEW as well as LabVIEW MathScript Code and NI Vision Assistant to incorporate vision-guided motion into their projects. Students quickly became familiar with the effective design integration and ease of use in these products.


By the time student teams began to work on their robotic system, the percentage of student programming had already increased significantly. Students had to design,

build, and control a robotic mechanism that could actually perform several operations. With the help of LabVIEW software, each student was able to take part in a portion of the programming. In the end, each team was able to get their robot working either independently or in manual mode.



The gantry robot was used for the “Operation Plug the Oil Well” design contest at the end of the course.


Students found this new integration of LabVIEW programming and NI hardware to be quite a positive experience, and the overall percentage of students programming with LabVIEW increased to 30 to 40 percent. More students were able to participate and, more importantly, students found the programs very easy to use.


>> Read more about how MIT students adopted LabVIEW to meet their course challenge titled “Operation Plug the Oil Well”