NI Week showcases new inventions

NI Week

AUSTIN (KXAN) — National Instruments kicked off their 20th NI Week on Tuesday at the Austin Convention Center.

The event is an opportunity for the engineers to showcase their latest inventions using the LabVIEW software.

More than 7,000 innovators from around the world are attending and represent a spectrum of industries, from automotive and telecommunications to robotics and energy.

The idea is to learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software-defined systems.

One demonstration inside the conventional hall shows a quality control system for beer bottles.

Each bottle has a different label on it, and if it passes quality control it will keep turning around.

If it doesn’t pass quality control the robot arm will pick it up and throw it to another bin.

“What makes this technology different from what’s out there is most systems do these tasks with four different programs, this one only requires one making it more affordable and efficient for companies to use,” said Andy Chang, National Instruments.

Attendees can also try their hand at beating a computer at chess, play with a LEGO constructed robot, and battle a new take on Dance Dance Revolution.

The convention is open to the public for free from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Wednesday a badge can be obtained at the front desk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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