Barely 5 min into his opening keynote speech at NIWeek, Tim Dehne paused to ask how many attendees had all 10 of the T-shirts given away at past conferences. A few hands went up. Dehne, NI's senior vice president of R&D, even found one attendee who was wearing the first one, which gives the top-10 reasons for attending NIWeek. Though rumors of the T-shirts going up for auction on eBay abound, they have in reality become collectors' items that are truly priceless—since no one seems to have heard of anyone actually paying for a vintage shirt. "It's more a badge of honor that you've been here for years," says Kyle Voosen, vision product manager at NI. In addition to T-shirts, this year's attendees also got small badges with a blank space for proud wearers to enter the version of LabView that they started with. Co-founder Jeff Kodosky bested everyone, putting Version 0.0 on his badge. Go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3855-548 to view the full collection (almost) of NIWeek T-shirts.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.