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014 VISP Waterloo Labs Interns Work on Awesome Projects


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I’m very excited today to bring you an interview I did last year at NIWeek 2011. I sat down with a group of engineering interns at National Instruments. Now these intern positions were not typical. Hunter Smith and Ben James who managed this group of students, gave them the flexibility to do whatever project they wanted, as long as it was extremely awesome. How’s that for some parameters to work within?

Top Row: Hunter Smith, Ben James, Humphrey Huang, Peter Gayler – Bottom Row: Dylan Caswell, Tim Lynch, Me. Fred Visser was also a manager for the group (not shown).

This group within NI is called Waterloo Labs, and I had a great time talking with them. It’s feels great to see so much excitement in engineering. Some of the projects that have come out of Waterloo Labs is an iPhone controlled vehicle, an Eyeball powered super mario game, a Kinect powered etch-a-scetch. One of the coolest projects so far, I think is something they go in great detail in this interview.

Here are links to items mentioned in this podcast episode:

About the author: Michael Aivaliotis has been working in the test and measurement industry since 1993 with LabVIEW 3.0. He started his career as a test engineer and quickly fell in love with the graphical programming paradigm that LabVIEW provided. Since then, he’s worked on or developed an incredible number of complex test systems in electronics, semiconductor, automotive, telecom, biomedical and other industries. He’s an Certified LabVIEW Architect and a Certified LabVIEW Instructor. He also has the distinction of being among a select few LabVIEW Champions. In 2002, he created the LAVA Forums which have now become the largest independent online LabVIEW community. Email Me

  • Ben James

    Fred Visser was also a manager for the group. Just not pictured. – Ben

  • jcarmody

    Excellent subject and interview.  Is there a video of the go-cart Mario Kart project?

    • http://vishots.com VI Shots

      Hey, they finally posted the video of the go-cart project. I’ve updated the post.

  • Pasi

    Very informative site, I also made simple list of LabView blogs I find useful