When National Instruments announced the availability of a LabView preview program for Mac OS X at Macworld last month, it got an overwhelming response from academics and engineers. "Frankly, it was double what we expected," says Kris Fuller, LabVIEW Product Manager.
"I think the most compelling feature of OS X is Unix underneath. A lot of engineers are really excited about having an easy front end." That's not surprising, given that UNIX is the operating system of choice for engineers on workstations. On the Mac for 15 years, this newest version of the software runs on all systems with Jaguar. LabView, which allows engineers to create applications for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, is in use today by 24,000 companies. That number may be about to go way up. (For more information on LabVIEW for Mac OS X, go to http://www.ni.com/mac/lv_macos_preview.htm)
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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