LabVIEW Interface for Arduino


LabVIEW Interface for Arduino Thanks Jose!

The LabVIEW Interface for Arduino (LIFA) Toolkit is a FREE download that allows developers to acquire data from the Arduino microcontroller and process it in the LabVIEW Graphical Programming environment. For more information, check out the Getting Started with the LabVIEW Interface Toolkit video tutorial from VI Shots.

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  1. LabVIEW, being proprietary, is antithetical to the open source mission. Theoretically it runs on old versions of RHE but not in practice. Even though my school has a site license, everyone I know who uses it is trying to switch to Python or something similar. Since most modern instruments come with ethernet, serial, GPIB, etc (all of which are well supported under Linux), it’s just not worth the effort of dealing with a closed system like LabVIEW. Even if it doesn’t cost you any money, it is definitely not free.

  2. @john, our post or anywhere else does not state it is free or open source.

  3. Of course, that’s clear. But it should be open source. After all, isn’t that a big part of your raison d’être? It’s like a vegetarian cookbook accepting recipes for bacon. “Adafruit Industries is a New York City based company that sells kits and parts for original, open source hardware electronics projects.” You’re not selling this, but in a sense you are selling (promoting) it.

  4. @john, we don’t have any opinion about this (yet) the adafruit blog contains *industry* news, art, design, and many many many other things – we do not need to say “it should be open source” on every post, our readers are smart and will see if this is a solution / software suite that makes sense for them.

    this is not like a vegetarian cookbook accepting recipes for bacon. we are not selling labview, books about labview or anything related to labview – it’s a popular suite that now supports arduino and that’s *news* worthy. we are not promoting it, there is a difference between news and “promotion”. we didn’t say buy it. we hope this makes it (even more) clear.


  5. Labview has become really expensive. I worry that it has grown too complex as well. If you can afford it, Labview can be handy. But it can be an expensive way to go.

  6. john wrote us a note, while we will not post his email, here’s (part of ) our thoughts about why we posted this news item…


    hi john – thanks for the note,

    … we don’t see how we
    could possibly “lose the open source vibe” by posting a news item
    about software that now does something with arduino. we’re inclusive,
    not exclusive…

    that’s an interesting story, however – there’s another way to look at this.

    labview working with arduino in some way means labview and the people
    who use it will be exposed to open source hardware even more and the
    open source community. look at TI, eagle, microchip, parallax, etc.
    we’ve written *news* items about them and they’ve only moved *more*
    towards open source. everyone knows arduino basically won, to beat
    arduino, or work in the arduino world you must become like arduino,
    more open source – it’s not instant but it happens and people being
    aware of labview + arduino is a good thing, even if they know it’s not
    open source. it means more industry acceptance of open source
    hardware, arduino.

    they’ll come our way, but not if we’re completely unwilling to cover a
    legitimate news item like labview support arduino, it’s big news and
    our readers/customers read our blog to tune in to industry news. a
    long time customer who doesn’t even use labview emailed this to us
    (jose) – we still think it’s a good *news item* to cover.

    thanks for the email, we do appreciate it – but please keep in mind we
    never promoted labview as you said in the comments on the blog.

    if you could write a post talking about how people should not be
    locked in to labview, why, examples of OSS tools, stories about people
    moving away from labview and why, etc, etc, we’ll gladly post it on
    our site – that would be a good guest post.



    so again, covering industry *news* on our *blog* which has a little of everything does not mean we are promoting labview or any other company. besides, this *great* news for the people are forced to use labview right? there are many many people who don’t know about arduino yet, and many of them use arduino.

  7. chocobo_rider

    But that interface only works with Uno, right?

  8. Stewart Leicester

    I’m definitely interested in a LabView interface as I’m involved in mentoring high school students in the FIRST FRC program teaching primarily LabView as the robot programming environment. I’d love to be able to leverage LabView practice by encouraging arduino projects with it.

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