Aarhus University School of Engineering in Denmark
These students created a novel, cost-efficient way to observe ice algae - the main food source in the Arctic ocean and an effective consumer of CO2 - in its natural environment. In the past, examining this algae would involved drilling blocks of ice and taking them out of the water – but with this rugged, remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) powered by myRIO, Tor and Thomas are able to help marine biologists to effectively collect data on algae, which is used to develop accurate climate models and fishing quotas. Despite having less than 6 months of programming experience, the team was able to create a complete and fully-functional and environmentally-impactful project using the power of LabVIEW.
The University of Leeds in the UK
The team members of Project ALAN strive to carry out the concept of robotics-enabled remote physiotherapy, a way for stroke patients to practice physical therapy without the presence of a therapist, allowing patients to practice more and to recover faster. Not only has the team created a commercially-viable rehabilitation device – they’ve also developed a testing system using a humanoid arm to replicate the movement of a patient. These systems will work together by working remotely, connecting through the internet to allow therapists to assess and monitor patients out of the office.
Technical University of Denmark
This team competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon in 2015 and broke the world record for urban-class cars with combustion engines with a whopping 665km/L. While most of the team did not have software engineering backgrounds, LabVIEW provided a simple way to control the car and make it as efficient as possible. In addition, the ruggedness and ease of use of LabVIEW’s data acquisition products allowed the team to continually move forward when an incident caused the car to catch on fire!
There are many more amazing projects this year that inspired us about the social impact of engineering. In 2016 we also saw an augmented communication system using breath, a rocket launched into space, and a novel color-seeing device for the blind.