Laboratories, which are found in all engineering and science programs, are an essential part of the education experience. Not only do laboratories demonstrate course concepts and ideas, but they also bring the course theory alive so students can see how unexpected events and natural phenomena affect real-world measurements and control algorithms. However, equipping a laboratory is a major expense and its maintenance can be difficult. Teaching assistants are required to set up the laboratory, instruct in the laboratory, and grade laboratory reports. These time-consuming and costly tasks result in relatively low laboratory equipment usage, especially considering that laboratories are available only when equipment and teaching assistants are both available.
What if some of the basic laboratory experiments could be made available 24 hours a day, seven days a week? What if students could have access to experiments from their home or student dormitories? What if a professor wanted his students to take a closer look at a classroom demonstration? What if a professor wanted to make a research demonstration available to students and others at irregular times? What if a professor deriving a complex equation for some application wanted his students to try different sets of parameters to bring out the essence of the model? What if a professor wanted his students to see an electronic circuit in action, and even give them control of the operating parameters? What if a research team wanted to make their expensive research equipment available to others when they went home for the evening?
All of these and many more exciting applications are now easily achievable with the new technology available with National Instruments LabVIEW Remote Panels. With this standard feature of LabVIEW, a user can quickly and effortlessly publish the front panel of a LabVIEW program for use in a standard Web bro