Software That’s the Soul of the Machine

Engineers, scientists, and inventors across the world use NI LabVIEW software to make machines move, think, and do.

With powerful software, we can do amazing things.

In fact, we’re taking advantage of a positive convergence: Software has become both more sophisticated and easier to use, and hardware is more accessible and affordable than ever before.

Whether you’re colliding atoms at CERN or programming a LEGO® EV3 robot in your living room, LabVIEW software is the brain and soul of the machine.

From the awe inspiring to the laugh inspiring—what would you do with LabVIEW?

LabVIEW Stories


FIRST: Education Reengineered

The shift to project-based learning—especially in STEM education—is proving to be wildly effective. With FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), we’re engaging students through interactive robotics platforms powered by LabVIEW and NI technology that teach engineering fundamentals.

What happens when educators step back and let students take the reins? See for yourself.

Video: Beyond the Classroom.

For Westlake's FIRST Robotics Competition team, robotics isn't an extracurricular program—it's a way of life. These students have been offered internships at SpaceX and speaking opportunities at SXSW, but what drives them to greatness is experiencing engineering’s connection to real-world applications.

Video: Education, Powered by LabVIEW.

What started as a small club that worked from an empty NI conference room has turned into the largest team in Central Texas and fully supported by public STEM grants. Thanks to NI’s financial and personal support, this team is doing incredible things—and the trickle-down effect is impacting the whole community.

Video: The Power of Project-Based Learning.

These students can’t drive a car, but they can program a robot. It’s made possible through the intuitive LabVIEW programming language beneath the LEGO MINDSTORMS® software skin. When students "do engineering" instead of just studying theory, the outcome is astounding.

Lego Robot


Engineers and scientists around the globe prefer LabVIEW because of its intuitive graphical nature. LEGO MINDSTORMS products take maximum advantage of NI’s world-class software for their latest hardware innovations, delivering LabVIEW software to applications spanning from kindergarten to rocket science.

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New Lego EV3 Mindstorms Hands On
“The programming interface is cleaner, but still visual. It still uses interlocking pieces to create the steps, if you’re familiar with NXT programming, but they worked on simplifying the interface and showing all programming options at once.”
Snapping snake slithers among Lego’s new Mindstorms robots (video)
“[Lego] has redesigned [Mindstorms] for an audience of children who have grown up with technology and are more proficient in commanding and controlling mobile devices. At the same time, the new devices will be more flexible and powerful for hobbyists and other enthusiasts.”
CES 2013: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Comes to Life With iPad, iPhone Controller
Lego Mindstorms EV3 hands-on: an incredible toy right out of the box (video)

CERN Large Hadron Collider

It was 49 years from concept to proof. Learn how LabVIEW played a role in discovering the Higgs boson particle and helped integrate quarks, Z particles, and theoretical physics into summer of 2012 conversations.

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PDF: Hunting the Higgs Boson Particle

What is the Higgs boson particle and how did LabVIEW helped scientists find it? View our one-page explainer.

Video: What Happens Inside the Large Hadron Collider?

This video from Scientific American shows how The Large Hadron Collider accelerates and slams together subatomic particles, and what comes out of the collision.


Red Bull Stratos

What’s fueled by Red Bull, goes 833.9 mph, and is powered by LabVIEW software?

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Video: Recreating Felix’s jump.

The engineers at Waterloo Labs used LabVIEW to recreated Felix’s jump, and Firstpost covers it here.

Video: Testing for the jump.

AIRBOYD explains the extensive testing that went into preparing for the big jump. Look for LabVIEW at the 3:00 mark.

Wind Energy

Siemens Wind Energy

The answer, our friends, is blowin’ in the wind. Wind turbines can have a blade span of up to 300 feet, which makes measuring and precisely controlling them challenging, but crucial, for Siemens and power customers across the globe.

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Video: Siemens Wind Power and the NI Graphical System Design Platform

See how a leader in wind power uses LabVIEW graphical software and user-defined hardware to develop highly reliable, state-of-the art wind turbines.

Wind Energy: Essential Technologies for Test, Control, and Monitoring

Learn more about how National Instruments products are driving innovation in the wind energy industry.

About LabVIEW

LabVIEW is the ultimate system design software.

Innovators across the globe design systems as complex as atom smashers and as familiar as LEGO robots with LabVIEW. Look around your home or office and you will likely find something that’s been tested, measured, powered, or designed with LabVIEW.

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Photo courtesy of: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and G Systems

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