I have noticed that many tool vendors do not do enough to address the education market. This is especially true of CAE vendors. Most schools have little of the software that engineers will use in their careers. Those vendors that do support the market often make evangelists out of the students that come into contact with their products. Apple is one that has targeted the education space and it helps them stay in the game (I am talking about the MAC).
Good point on the CAE vendors, Naperlou. NI is definitely on to something and many of the vendors in the CAD space are aggressively pushing similar student- and university-focused efforts. The earlier you can get kids comfortable and familiar with your software, the more likely they will be to want to leverage that tool set as they move into their professional careers. No one likes to switch tools, especially when those tools are continually evolving to meet your needs. Graduating engineers exposed to professional design tools come into the workforce better prepared to to do their jobs more effectively plus act as evangelists for their preferred tool set. All goo--for the design tool manufacturer, for the manufacturers, and for the incoming workforce.
Many manufacturers offer a wide range of sensors for biomedical applications. Listed below are selected transducers proven to work with this system from manufacturer Thought Technology Ltd, a partner with National Instruments.
Respiration Sensor, Model SA9311M
Goniometer Adapter, Model T9545
Blood Volume Pulse Sensor, Model SA9308M
Skin Conductance Sensor, Model SA9309M
Temperature Sensor, Model SA9310M
EEG Fkex-Pro Sensor, Model T9305M
EMG MyoScan Sensor, Model T9503M
EKG Sensor, Model T936M
Consider the use of the Thought Technology Ltd Sensor Isolator, Model SA9405AM. This is a four channel optical isolator for use with Thought Technology sensors.
Thought Technology Ltd products are sold through distributor in over 45 countries. Contact the company for information concerning distribution in your country.
Maybe I'm getting taken in by the hype, but it appears to me that NI has succeeded in making the company a "fun place to work." Whenever I've attended NI Week, the engineers have struck me as genuinely enjoying their jobs. It's a contagious sort of atmosphere, which is why NI week has become so popular, I think.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.