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First Jeopardy and Operation, Now Angry Birds

NI Employee (retired)

Robots are making a big impact on the gaming sphere. Sure, scripts and bots have been around for a while on Internet games, but now physical robots are taking over. First, the Watson computer beat humans in Jeopardy, then the da Vinci robot (read more about the robot here) made Operation look like a breeze, and now Optofidelity’s robot defeats this human in Angry Birds:

Optofidelity, a National Instruments Alliance Partner,  recently expanded from vision applications to building test systems. To create the robot that plays Angry Birds, Optofidelity engineers needed a real-time system and field-programmable gate array (FPGA). They used NI products, specifically NI CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO platforms, and NI LabVIEW software, because they were the best fit to meet the specifications required for this sweet app. The application allows their customers to create their own driver without modifying the main software, ensuring compatibility with different display drivers. What’s more, this application isn’t restricted to just the Nokia handset in the video. It is an independent platform that will work with the display of most devices.

Watch the following video to get more techie details about Optofidelity’s system:

>> To see how other engineers used LabVIEW to play a video game, check out this sweet app from Water...

We also want to read about your sweet apps! If you’ve ever used NI tools to build a gaming system, leave a comment and tell us about it.

NI Employee (retired)

This is awesome!

Claire Reid
National Instruments