Archive for November 2011

Flash isn’t the only program that can make animation. LabVIEW can too! By reading and sequencing image data together, LabVIEW can animate your 2D images.

A simple walk cycle of a stick figure shows you a side of modular programming you haven’t seen before.


>>Download the code here.

Enhanced Productivity

The NI LabVIEW Idea Exchange has revolutionized the way LabVIEW users prioritize features in LabVIEW software. LabVIEW 2011 introduces 13 features implemented directly from user feedback that are intended to enhance your productivity. These features include the alignment/distribution tools on wires, layout improvements to the “Create subVI” operation, and the ability to create type definitions directly from a constant on the block diagram.


Stability Worthy of Mission-Critical Applications

With the evolving needs of mission-critical applications, LabVIEW 2011 features a renewed focus on stability and edit-time performance. While LabVIEW 2011 takes a major step forward with fewer bugs and faster VI load times and edit-time operations, it also features a new NI Error Reporter service that lets you add notes, attach code, and send an error report to NI with just a few mouse clicks. In the rare event that LabVIEW 2011 does crash on you, click “Send” to help NI address the issue in the future.


New UI Library

LabVIEW 2011 contains an all-new modern library of UI controls and indicators to honor the 25th anniversary of LabVIEW. This Silver palette contains over 40 customized buttons to reduce the time you spend customizing built-in controls. These controls were designed with drop shadows, antialiasing, and an updated color scheme to create that “wow” factor in your UIs.


Advanced Multicore API

LabVIEW 2011 introduces a two-VI API for creating and retrieving data from VIs running asynchronously. Use this new API to easily manage data running in multiple threads, even if they aren’t part of your main VI.


>> Explore other new features in LabVIEW 2011.

This is one rockin’ sweet app: students use LabVIEW to build an automated Guitar Hero robot

Community: Sweet Apps: Robotic Rock Star: The Automated Guitar Hero Robot
This group is dedicated to power electronics system design using graphical system design tools. View and share resources such as LabVIEW FPGA IP Cores, Multisim Simulation Components, and Real-Time HIL ...
The 1D works great, but when we tried to load a large 2D map, we got an endless pop up error that wouldn't go away until we deleted the control from the workspace.

Two important elements in a sustainable urban infrastructure are public transportation and green structures. Not only are they important, but they also help create sustainable living conditions for a

community. That’s why engineers at National University of Singapore created the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus stop (node) that was also user friendly for commuters.


Powering a zero-energy bus node that is self-sustainable requires electricity. The engineers needed to situate solar panels on the top of the bus node. To further the energy supply, they mounted the solar panels on a rotational base that causes the panels to adjust with the weather information received by a controller. Using the energy supply from the abundant sunlight created enough to power one entire bus node.


The next crucial element was creating a solar panel powered system. The engineers created a three-part system made up of sensors, actuators, and a controller. They used NI CompactRIO hardware and LabVIEW software to give the controller capabilities for obtaining up-to-date arrival times, current traffic conditions, and other navigation information for passengers right on-site.

The use of integrated NI hardware and software helped engineers create the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus node. This entire bus node is 100 percent self-sustainable in electricity consumption and Singapore now has a ready platform for energy control activities that will help create a more sustainable infrastructure in the future.




>>Read about all the additional features of the bus node.

TDMS files can store large amounts of test and measurement data. However, when a channel contains an extremely large amount of files, your system can get overloaded. If you want to free up some space and keep your front panel from locking up, this example code can help divide these large channels into smaller segments and add them back together for a more efficient system. Your computer shouldn’t get stuck opening and closing a file 50,000 times just because you have 50,000 samples in one channel.




>>Download the code here.

Budgets and budget cycles can sometimes interfere with making wise training investments. With training credits, you can purchase training now (when you have the budget) and schedule it later (when you need the training).


Purchasing for yourself? You don't have to know what, when, or where you will take training yet. Managers don't even have to know who will be trained yet. Spend the budget while you have it, and schedule the training later when you need it.


>> Learn more.

The 2011 LabVIEW Coding Challenge site is live. Visit the site to learn about this years theme.
Today’s bridges are being designed with unique constraints such as live vehicle loads and earthquake loads. However, bridges are not being designed for both of these conditions at the same time. The University of Nevada, Reno was sanctioned by a public agency to study how a vehicle’s suspension