A LabVIEW app you just have to touch!

LibertyGT 1200B

The LibertyGT 1200B is an instrument with a touchscreen display that flips down to show it’s really a PXI chassis in disguise!

Ever wonder if it’s possible to create an amazing looking touchscreen application in LabVIEW?

Something with the look and feel of an “App” that you’d find running on a modern touch device like an iPhone, iPad, or Android device?

Then you’re going to love this cool LabVIEW application from RADX Technologies in San Diego with one of the slickest user interfaces created entirely in LabVIEW by the team at JKI.

Oh, and it’s also a revolutionary bench-top instrument that literally flips the idea on its head about what it means to be a boxed instrument by using a modular PXI chassis and instruments under the hood of a flip-down touchscreen display!


JKI created an environment for launching touch “Apps” that’s written entirely in LabVIEW!

Read the full case study to learn how JKI used LabVIEW to create powerful software in LabVIEW with an amazing user experience (UX) to give RADX Technologies a strong competitive advantage in the RF test instrumentation space…

Creating a Modern Touchscreen User Interface for RF Test Systems with LabVIEW

Watch this video of the software in action!

And, here’s a video of JKI Staff Engineer, Justin Goeres, showing off the software at NIWeek 2014:

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Certified LabVIEW Embedded Developers (CLED) on the US West Coast – We’re It!

Javier Ruiz / CLED

In the April 22 issue of NI News, National Instruments calls attention to the only seven people in the world to have achieved the Certified LabVIEW Embedded Developer classification. We’re thrilled that our very own Javier Ruiz is on the list!

You can also see from the list that JKI is the only company on the United States West Coast with a CLED on staff. So if you’re anywhere in the Western US and doing work (or thinking of doing work) with any National Instruments embedded products, like the Linux-based NI cRIO-9068, why not drop us a line? No matter the size or complexity of your system, our engineers can help.

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Happy Holidays from JKI!

Holiday Card 2013To all our Friends and Partners,

Thank you for another wonderful year.
Warm holiday wishes, and all the best for a prosperous 2014.

From all of us at JKI

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VIPM 2013 SP1 is here. Upgrade today!

We’re pleased to announce the availability of VI Package Manager 2013 Service Pack 1.

Download VIPM 2013 SP1

We’ve been hard at work ever since VIPM 2013 shipped on the LabVIEW 2013 Platform DVD a few months ago. We’ve squashed a bunch of bugs reported in our forums, and we also snuck in a few small features from the VIPM Idea Exchange. For full details, read the release notes here.

VIPM 2013 SP1 is a free upgrade and won’t require to you to reactivate your license, so don’t wait. Click here to upgrade.


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NIDays San Jose Is Coming – Join Us There!

NIDays 2013 Logo

Next Thursday (December 12, 2013), National Instruments will bring its largest-ever regional technology and innovation conference to San Jose, and JKI will be there! NIDays is a free, one-day, multitrack conference with dozens of technical sessions, workshops, and technology demos of the latest advancements in design, control, and test. Learn more here, and then register now to book your spot.

Don’t miss our very own Jim Kring in the “Fast 15″ presentation track. Jim will be demonstrating JKI’s embedded LabVIEW touch panel technology in his talk, “At Your Fingertips: Creating a Touch Screen UI for Embedded LabVIEW.” Catch Jim’s talk from 1:15-1:30.

Then, drop by the JKI booth (#206) and see our demo of the new Linux-based NI cRIO-9068 software-designed controller. By combining LabVIEW with the world of Linux software and tools, the cRIO-9068 helps JKI and our customers build flexible, robust, distributed systems faster than even before.

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Where: McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA
Cost: Free. Register here.

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Cyber Monday 2013 Comes Early! Enjoy 50% off VIPM Pro.

Cyber Monday is almost here! What better way to kick off your holiday shopping than by getting something for yourself and your team?


From now through Cyber Monday (Dec 2nd), we’re taking 50% off all VIPM license purchases and renewals. Buy VIPM from our website and enter the discount code CYBERMONDAY2013 at checkout, or click this link to add VIPM Pro to your cart and apply the discount automatically. There are no restrictions: you can use the code on any new purchases, upgrades, or renewals, and quantity discounts apply.

Have you been thinking of purchasing VIPM Pro for yourself or your team? There’s no time like the present. If your purchasing process requires a formal quote, contact us today to get one; we’ll hold the discount for you.

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Learn LabVIEW Core 3 & LabVIEW Performance with JKI in Santa Clara

A heads-up to all LabVIEW developers in Northern California: JKI’s Michael Aivaliotis will be teaching NI’s LabVIEW Core 3 and LabVIEW Performance courses next week (November 11-15, 2013) at NI’s Santa Clara office.

Space is limited, but spots are still available. Click on the links below to register.

Michael Aivaliotis is a National Instruments Certified Professional Instructor, Certified LabVIEW Architect, and LabVIEW Champion. He has over 20 years of experience building systems using LabVIEW, and brings his unique industry experience with him to every class.


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Come Visit JKI @ NIWeek 2013


NIWeek 2013 is almost here! We’ll be there like always, and we’re in the same place as last year: Booth #630, right by the Technology Theater Stage.

The best part of NIWeek is networking with other LabVIEW developers to learn and share with each other. Check out these great talks presented by JKI engineers and some of our friends in the LabVIEW world:

Making the Most of New User Event Features in LabVIEW 2013
Wednesday, August 7 – 4:45-5:45 p.m. – Room 16A
Michael Aivaliotis, JKI

Event-based programming is a recognized best practice in software development, and it is particularly important in LabVIEW, where nearly every significant application uses multiple loops and multiple pieces of hardware. Watch Certified LabVIEW Architect and LabVIEW Champion Michael Aivaliotis demonstrate how User Events work, how JKI uses them in every project, and how they are even better in LabVIEW 2013. 

How to Polish Your Software and Development Process to Wow Your End Users
Wednesday, August 7 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Room 19A
Fabiola De la Cueva, Delacor

Hear from LabVIEW Champion and LabVIEW Architects Forum Founder Fabiola De la Cueva about five “little things” that can improve your application’s usability and create happier, more productive end users. From easy ways for your app to look and feel like a “real Windows application” to subtle features that can make every application template easier for developers to use, explore the secrets that professional LabVIEW developers use to make their lives, and their users’ lives, easier.

At Your Fingertips: Creating a Touch Screen UI for Embedded LabVIEW Apps
Thursday, August 8 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Room 17A
Jim Kring, JKI

Learn how to improve your application’s usability and wow your users by building touch panel user interfaces for your LabVIEW applications. Certified LabVIEW Architect and LabVIEW Champion Jim Kring will show you step-by-step how JKI builds cheap, reusable touch interfaces for their customers’ LabVIEW projects. Examine how to build a touch UI for LabVIEW and to create a portable, custom touch interface for your projects.


LAVA / OpenG NIWeek 2013 BBQ
Tuesday, August 7 – 7:00-10:00 pm – Scholz Garten (buy your ticket in advance)

Come enjoy great BBQ and a great time at the largest independent event of NIWeek. Held once again at the Scholz Garten, the LAVA / OpenG NIWeek BBQ is the place to meet and greet with all your friends in the LabVIEW Community. Come hang with your favorite LAVA posters, OpenG developers, and dozens of our friends from National Instruments and around the world. You can even win cool prizesBuy your tickets here today!

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Free Live Webinar: “Top 5 Ways Text-based Recipes and APIs Take Months Off Your LabVIEW Project Schedule”

Join us June 18th at 10 AM PDT for a free live webinar: “Top 5 Ways Text-based Recipes and APIs Take Months Off Your LabVIEW Project Schedule.”

Be an architect. Not a bottleneck.™Join us for a free live webinar!

In this 45-minute event, Jim Kring will show you the benefits of controlling your LabVIEW applications via text-based “recipes” written in languages such as Python and using standard networking protocols. These scripting features and external APIs enable shorter design iterations, better use of your team’s domain experts, and more flexible system architectures.

The end result of these improvements is that system engineers develop software faster and with fewer bugs, leading to shorter projects, early shipment, and happy managers.

You’ll learn how JKI helps teams of all sizes meet aggressive project deadlines. We’ve helped dozens of companies in industries such as biotechnology, machine control, scientific instrumentation, and semiconductor equipment. We deliver software for everything from benchtop prototypes to shipping products, and from manufacturing test to field service tools.

Please attend, and give us feedback! This session will present an overview of our process, and depending on what people want to discuss, we’ll schedule follow-up webinars and/or contact you directly.

Click here to sign up.

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CLA Summit 2013: “Connecting LabVIEW to Everything Else” Video & Slides Now Available

Back in March, JKI had the distinct pleasure of sending a handful of our people to the annual National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA) Summit in Austin, TX.  It was great seeing so many of the top LabVIEW developers from around the world and learning from them about this year’s theme: Delivering Professional Software.

Our CEO, Jim Kring, gave a talk at the Summit called “Connecting LabVIEW to Everything Else.” Jim discussed the business value of providing application programming interfaces (APIs) to all (or nearly all) components of software systems created using LabVIEW.  Jim demonstrated how API designs allow JKI to develop embedded instruments that can be controlled with a touchscreen, or via SCPI commands, or even from external Python code running on remote network machines (via TCP/IP). Treating APIs as a first-class citizen in the software design process ensures the software remains open and modular, and allows text-based and other external programming environments to control the system remotely – powerful stuff!  For the grand finale, Jim showed how these same APIs made it easy to control the system from an iPad tablet using the LabVIEW Data Dashboard.

If you missed the Summit, you can catch up on what you missed by watching the video of Jim’s talk below. You can also follow along with the slides below that.

Are you spinning your wheels trying to make your applications work with other non-LabVIEW systems? Do you want the Python guys at your company to love you? We can help. Give us a call and tell us the problem you need to solve. 

(The video is an hour long. If you don’t have time to watch it all, scroll down for links to the highlights.)


Direct Links to Video Highlights

2:00 – You are an API Designer
6:30 – Business Value of APIs
10:30 – Instrument APIs using SCPI
15:05 – Embedding LabVIEW Becoming More Practical
16:06 – Demo: LabVIEW-powered instrument with SCPI API
23:54 – SCPI API Implementation in LabVIEW (Outline & Demo)
31:20 – API Technologies
36:05 – Language Bindings, External vs. Internal APIs
42:26 – Demo: Calling into LabVIEW from Python
51:00 – APIs and Systems (Discussion)
57:50 – Touch / iPad interfaces to LabVIEW instruments (Overview)
58:50 – Demo: iPad interface to instrument

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