KXAN (AUSTIN) - Engineers, designers, and inventors from across the country will get to see a little into the future.
Experts from industries ranging from robotics to energy will discuss new technologies and strategies.
- Public can attend showcase Thursday August 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- See images from NIWeek
National Instruments Application Engineer Dylan Caswell helped demonstrate his research into the science of sport, namely golf.
Using light sensors fixed into the ground, he's able to calculate the speed and angle of a golf club head. That data gives golfers a more accurate readout of their swing.
"Usually when I play golf, maybe 1 in 5 shots are good," said Caswell. "Just need to figure out what we're doing on that 1 shot that allows us to hit a good shot."
Upstairs, National Instruments K-12 Education Specialist Hunter Smith demonstrated the newest generation of Lego Mindstorms .
Smith and his team helped develop the engineering software that kids can use to build robots and machines.
"We think we've created a way for students to use authentic real world engineering and design tools," said Smith. "Something that's a little more fun, and something you can get done in an afternoon."
Most of the conference is dedicated to the engineers and scientists attending, but on Thursday, they're opening the floor to the public. Families can bring their kids to the Austin Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to see all of the gadgets, including a car expected to challenge the land speed world record.
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