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NI LabVIEW toolkit rolls for MINDSTORMS NXT

Posted: 22 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:robotics? National Instruments? LEGO? MINDSTORMS? LabVIEW?

National Instruments (NI) has released the NI LabVIEW toolkit for the next generation of the robotics invention systemLEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. With this toolkit, LabVIEW users can now create and download VIs to operate and control the MINDSTORMS NXT robotics platform. Third-party software and hardware developers also can use the toolkit to create native blocks for MINDSTORMS NXT software. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, introduced in August, includes a drag-and-drop, graphical programming environment custom developed by NI and powered by LabVIEW.

The LEGO Group and NI worked together to develop the MINDSTORMS NXT software for children 10-14yrs old. With the new LabVIEW toolkit, more advanced usersadults, students and secondary school and university educatorscan now program the NXT using advanced graphical programming tools available in LabVIEW.

Once users compile and download a LabVIEW program to the NXT, they can use the toolkit to interact with the NXT robot while a program is running. By dropping a LabVIEW control, the toolkit can send data to the robot and influence the currently executing program. By dropping an indicator, the toolkit sends back the value at that point in the program to the PC so users can view it in a regular LabVIEW front panel. Developers of third-party sensors and other hardware add-ons for MINDSTORMS NXT can use LabVIEW to create native blocks that program and control their hardware for use in MINDSTORMS NXT software.

The toolkit is compatible with LabVIEW versions 7.1, 8.0 and 8.20. Developers of blocks for the MINDSTORMS NXT software need LabVIEW 7.1.

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