On November 25, 2009, NI CompactRIO and DIAdem software made cameo appearances on one of the most popular scientific television shows of all time, MythBusters. When the Sweet Apps crew found out about the product sighting, we had to check it out for ourselves.

In episode 133, Adam and Jamie addressed a myth that during a rooftop chase, jumping into a dumpster will ensure survival and allow successful escape. To test a best-case scenario, they dropped Buster (their faithful, trusty crash test dummy) into a dumpster filled with pieces of foam rubber. A CompactRIO lodged inside Buster’s chest cavity performed extreme, high-speed data logging as the dummy was dropped from a height of 20 feet, recording data from accelerometers throughout the fall. (I’ll note that CompactRIO has survived more extreme situations than that: check it out.)

Once they pulled Buster out of the dumpster, DIAdem went to work, crunching the logged data and providing visual representation of the recorded signals from the accelerometers. It was determined that Buster’s deceleration into the foam-filled dumpster peaked at 9.9 G’s, proving it safe for Adam to try it out firsthand. Despite the result, the MythBusters crew suggested it would be unlikely to find such an ideal dumpster in real life, thus declaring the myth PLAUSIBLE.

Back at SweetApps headquarters, we’re as proud as stagemoms to see NI products make it onto the big screen. We’ve gone so far as to provide time stamps of when you can see the CompactRIO and DIAdem screenshots throughout the episode:

28:05 –  CompactRIO, up-close and personal, inside Buster’s red jacket (looks like they used a 9014 controller with some 9234 high-accuracy DAQ modules)

28:54 –  DIAdem displays the logged data throughout Buster’s fall

30:09 –  NI Systems Engineer David Harding helps the MythBuster’s crew retrieve their data

CompactRIO and DIAdem get plenty more screen time throughout the episode (watch here). These are simply the frames we had made into 2×3” photos to pass out and keep in our wallets.

Previously, NI products have been sighted on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior. Now we can add MythBusters to the list. I wonder what TV show we’ll see CompactRIO on next?