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Visualizing Sound in Texas

Engineering education is thriving and the students involved in it are not just dour-faced eggheads with little prospects for a career involving human interaction.

In fact, they may be having a little too much fun with industrial strength technologies.

At Waterloo Labs, an engineering outpost of sorts in Austin, Texas supported by National Instruments (NI, www.ni.com), students are teamed up with NI engineers to “show the world great and fun DIY projects that you can accomplish on a budget.”

One project they developed is known as “Karaoke on Fire,” which shows a visualization of the fundamental concept of sound waves in “a dangerously fun way.” The team used a Ruben’s Tube—which is a metal pipe with holes drilled along the top, a propane valve at one end and a speaker box at the other—to create awesome soundwave pyrotechnics.

Watch the Video of Karoke on Fire by clicking here.

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