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NI announced today that ImagingLab, an NI Alliance Partner specializing in vision and robotics integration, has added a new robotics library for Toshiba Machine robots. This library of graphical functions is specially optimized for use with NI LabVIEW system design software, which helps the user control all aspects of a robotics system without requiring complex robotics programming expertise.



Because engineers can use a single LabVIEW application to control everything from part handling to advanced measurements, it is ideal for those who would normally avoid using robotics in their applications because of complexity concerns.



“Using the ImagingLab Robotics Library for Toshiba Machine robots, engineers and scientists can take advantage of the productivity and reliability of LabVIEW,” said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems marketing at National Instruments. “Engineers can quickly integrate robotics into advanced applications such as laboratory automation, precise component assembly and complex testing.”



>> Learn more about the ImagingLab robotics libraries here.




The game of chess is complex and requires intense strategy, and developing a robot that can play the game requires the same. So when students at IUT1 de Grenoble decided to create a chess-playing robot to compete in the French Cup of Robotics 2011 Chess’up! Competition, they turned to NI LabVIEW for help.





By using LabVIEW to design and program software, the students were able to create easy communication between the robot’s NI sbRIO-9632 module “brain” and its movements. The students were able to operate complex platforms simply and quickly because of the uncomplicated approach to programming that LabVIEW provides.


The chess-playing robot took 41st place in the competition, a very encouraging success for students that received their BAC two to three years prior and were competing for the first time. The robot ranked higher than many engineering schools, and the results were the best IUT1 Grenoble has seen in its eight years in the competition.



We know that remote controlled robots are being developed and played with every day, but when it comes to what these robots can do, sometimes we’re limited. Thanks to students and researchers at Temasek Polytechnic, creating a robot that is capable of surveillance, motion, and awareness of its surroundings proves there are no more limitations.



They used NI PXI hardware to control and operate the webcam, sensors, and motors essential for surveillance, and LabVIEW software to show the webcam image to the controller. Using this technology, users can remotely control the robot with a PC and the controller can detect where the robot is going using sensors. 



“Can” photo by Mo Riza



>> Read the full case study.