Interfacing Raspberry Pi and Real-World Sensors with LabVIEW

Connect to Raspberry Pi and Write Professional VIs for practical applications. Taught by a Certified LabVIEW Developer!

Welcome to the course! The course will equipped you with the knowledge to develop virtual instruments systems to interface with Raspberry Pi and real world sensors using LabVIEW, a graphical programming software widely used in the test and measurement industry.

What you’ll learn

  • Installation of LabVIEW Community Edition 2020.
  • Setting up of Raspberry Pi with Raspbian OS to run on LabVIEW Real-Time Engine.
  • Deployment of a startup executable file to Raspberry Pi for ‘Headless’ Operations.
  • Interfacing with the Digital I/O Channels of the Raspberry Pi.
  • Basic Fundamentals in LabVIEW.

Course Content

  • Getting Started with Raspberry Pi –> 9 lectures • 13min.
  • LabVIEW Basics –> 23 lectures • 53min.
  • Using Digital I/O Channels of the Raspberry Pi –> 16 lectures • 33min.
  • Interfacing with Raspberry Pi and Sensors for Data Acquisition –> 6 lectures • 31min.
  • Conclusion of Course –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Interfacing Raspberry Pi and Real-World Sensors with LabVIEW

Requirements

Welcome to the course! The course will equipped you with the knowledge to develop virtual instruments systems to interface with Raspberry Pi and real world sensors using LabVIEW, a graphical programming software widely used in the test and measurement industry.

 

Teaching Strategy

• Short lectures at the beginning of each module are used to present the contents of the module to students in a systematic and organized manner. Following the end of each lecture lessons, practical lessons will be conducted with hands on exercises of virtual instruments design and implementation using a step-by-step approach aims to enhance student understanding of integration of hardware and software architecture.

 

Who uses LabVIEW and where can it found?

LabVIEW is used by scientists and engineers around the world to create software for control, test and monitoring applications.  For example, London Underground uses NI LabVIEW Platform to develop a control and monitoring system for the Victoria Line, which in turns lead to savings of 350,000 pounds annually!

 

Why use LabVIEW?

1. Hardware Support: LabVIEW has a wide range of support of various protocols, buses and equipment. For example, if you have a third party equipment which has Modbus, you can communicate with your device via the NI Modbus Library which allows LabVIEW to communicate with it!

2. Development Time: LabVIEW being a graphical software environment reduces development time and cost due to flexibility of the software with it intuitive graphical programming approach.

3. User Friendly: LabVIEW Environment can be used across platforms from PCs running on Windows and MAC to embedded targets such as Raspberry Pi and even on FPGAs too!

 

The course will cover the following sections:

Section 1: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

  1. Introduction to the Course and outline
  2. Installation of LabVIEW Community Edition 2020
  3. Raspberry Pi Setup

Section 2:  LabVIEW Basics

  1. LabVIEW introduction and basic concepts for programming with LabVIEW

Section 3:  Using Digital I/O Channels of the Raspberry Pi

  1. Interface with the digital I/O Channels of the Raspberry Pi
  2. Design Virtual Instruments to control LEDs, reading of pushbutton switches states and etc.
  3. Deployment of EXE File for Raspberry Pi to run as a standalone target

Section 4:  Data Acquisition

  1. Introduction to I2C Protocol and Data Acquisition
  2. Creation of Virtual Instruments (VIs) to interface with sensors

Section 5: Course Conclusion

  1. Conclusion and Summary of Course