What computer geek would not jump at the opportunity to “control the real world” with their computer and develop their own programs to do this? There are many circuits, kits,
systems, etc., available today to accomplish just that. One
of the very best units available for computer interfacing
and data acquisition is the NI MyRIO-1900 unit (shown in
the photo above). The NI MyRIO units cost about $500.
However, when all of the NI MyRIO features are
examined, it will become clear what a powerful computer
interfacing device it can be.
There are several reasons why the NI MyRIO comes
out on top when compared to other less expensive
computer interfacing systems. First, there’s the hardware
configuration and the many available I/O options. The
second big MyRIO advantage is that it is programmed in
NI’s LabVIEW graphical programming language, which is
included with the MyRIO unit. (By the way, LabVIEW is an
acronym which stands for Laboratory Virtual Instrument
LabVIEW is programmed in a language which NI calls
“G” for graphical. National Instruments is a world leader in
computer control and data acquisition hardware and
software. Learning how to use LabVIEW and their
hardware can add an important skill set to one’s resume.
The MyRIO can be controlled, as well as
communicate in several different ways: through a Wi-Fi
host computer. It can also send out and receive data