NIHE Limerick has a growing reputation for teaching technology a tiny two wheeled robot is helps students to learn about microprocessors.

The smallest piece of research equipment in NIHE Limerick is possibly the organisation's most expensive, and certainly the only one of its kind in the country.  

A robot small enough to be held in your hand, it is used to teach micro processing for the industrial market and when students from this faculty enter the workforce they will be armed with as close to a working knowledge of microprocessors as they can have, 

Its importance both to the students and to the industrial development of the region is out of all proportion to its size.

It will certainly give NIHE graduates an advantage when they head out in search of employment, says Dr Charles Duncan. They will be able to directly apply what they have learned at third level in a professional industrial environment.  

The electronics industry is booming, and if the current rate of research and education in microchip technology continues at NIHE, there is a strong likelihood that,  

Ireland will soon be to electronics what Switzerland used to be to watchmaking.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 June 1980. The reporter is Michael Walsh.