Building bridges

We’ve had robotic Lego, so why not a digitally-instrumented model bridge? In our interview with NI’s Brian Betts he mentioned wiring up bridges with sensors, and sure enough, here at NIWeek there’s a model bridge (made with K’NEX, we think) hooked up to a laptop via sensors so you can see the stresses. Half of the sensors are electronic and half are fibre-optic – you can see how much simpler is the yellow cabling for the latter!

Model bridge with strain gauges


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