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LabVIEW  (short for Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Engineering Workbench) is a a visual programming environment developed by National Instruments. It was the first visual environment aimed at scientists and engineers and gave them access to data acquisition and signal processing functionalities with a high level graphical ‘icon’ type approach. Originally launched in 1986 it was very successful in all sorts of laboratories settings as it enabled the scientist or engineer to quickly acquire the data from the device or experiment under investigation. No longer did say a scientist have to worry about developing low level code to acquire data and perform signal processing (Fast Fourier Transforms for example), but could now concentrate on the core job in hand. LabVIEW has had many releases since then and currently includes more than 600 graphical and text-based math and analysis functions. Since 2006 LabVIEW also offers a wireless sensors development environment supporting sensors from Accsense, Accutech, Banner Engineering, Sensicast and Crossbow.