Aug 11, 2006

BROC - National Instruments - NIWeek '06

I really have to fight myself to keep this posting short. There is simply too much information I would like to present. It was an incredible conference. So, the comments area can provide a great deal of the exciting information we managed to witness and gather. I will tell you now that this was an amazing gathering of technology and the people that bring it to the world!

For a tidbit of info to wet your tongue…see the videos posted HERE. Especially, the NIWeek 2006 Highlights video and the 5th video down the Tuesday listing - "Lego Mindstorms Powered by NI LabVIEW."

Oh! I can see my arm(s) again in the Highlights video! My Team’s Mission Possible bot is the one falling over on the Challenge course. Just after a shot of Steve Hassenplug and Brian Davis' bot 3/4 of the way through the video. I might add that the real "LEGO MINDSTORMS experts" in the NIWeek'06 Mission Possible Challenge are the attending high school students in the FIRST LEGO League program... "Taking first place with a time of 15 seconds, the team from LBJ High School's LBJ LASA Robotics team outraced their competitors to win two LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kits."

More information to come! Be sure to check the comments of this thread for a while.

Christopher Smith

3 comments:

Brian Davis said...

I was going to post a brief pointer to the event, but I think tagging an additional URL here would be good. Take a look at the write-up Dick Swan did here:

http://nxtasy.org/2006/08/11/ni-week-trip-report/

Among other things, I gave a talk with John field, and NI announced that they are developing a way for you to make your own NXT-G blocks based on LabVIEW. Dick Swan's RobotC was something else very interesting, as well as demos of RoboLab 2.9, dmeos of something like a bakers dozen of NXTbots, etc. The Apple booth ran out of stock before the final day, and we had a lot of fun talking with the NI development team (amazing people, wonderful hosts!), Soren Lund, Chris Rogers, and many others. And, I got to lose a LEGO challenge to a bunch of very smart highschool students :-).

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Brian Davis

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Brian Davis

Jim Kelly said...

You didn't lose, Brian. Your bot was just a little too advanced for the competition and was totally misunderstood.

Doesn't that sound better?

Jim

Brian Davis said...

Yes, that sounds much better... except I still lost :-) And the students get a lot of credit, they really did an admirable job. The hardware was fixed (all the teams robots were the same, pre-built), but the programming was all their own.

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Brian Davis

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