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.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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