Enhancements to the Data Dashboard for LabVIEW app

Publish Date: Sep 11, 2014 | 8 Ratings | 4.75 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

Data Dashboard for LabVIEW allows you to use iOS and Android mobile devices to view measurement data from NI LabVIEW programs on desktop or embedded systems. The features of the app and their benefits are described below:

Table of Contents

  1. Android Tablet Support
  2. Multi-plot Graphs
  3. Alternate Servers
  4. Object Transparency
  5. Customize Your Layout
  6. Share Your Dashboards
  7. New Controls and Indicators
  8. Work on Multiple Dashboards
  9. Define the Look and Feel of Dashboard Elements
  10. Access the NI Technical Data Cloud
  11. Connect to Data Seamlessly and Securely
  12. Choose Your Background
  13. Access Capabilities on Additional Platforms
  14. Getting Started with Data Dashboard
  15. Explore and Download NI Mobile Apps

Data Dashboard for LabVIEW 2.2 (Released Spring 2014 for iOS and Android tablets)

1. Android Tablet Support

Users can now monitor and control LabVIEW applications from Android tablets as well as iOS tablets. Enjoy all the same features as the iOS tablet version but with an Android look and feel. Developed dashboards can be interchanged between operating systems by sharing via email.

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2. Multi-plot Graphs

2D array of numerics and points are now supported allowing for multi-plot chart and graphs. This will allow multiple data sets to be viewed on one UI element instead of needing multiple ones.

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3. Alternate Servers

For users that have multiple distributed targets running applications that are replicas of each other (e.g. many cRIOs running the same application and variable names), you can now use one dashboard to switch between the different targets or servers at run-time. Just configure the different IP addresses of the systems and Data Dashboard will automatically reconnect the UI elements to the variables when switching systems using the new drop-down menu.

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4. Object Transparency

Images and UI elements now support opacity as a property. This allows developers to overlay images to create custom looking UI elements as well as add a professional UI component to their dashboards.

 

Data Dashboard for LabVIEW 2.0 (Released Fall 2012 for iOS tablets)

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5. Customize Your Layout

After adding controls, indicators, shapes, and photos; you will be able to drag them freely and define a unique layout representing your system. You will also have the option to edit your layouts any time and define different arrangements for each page in a multipage dashboard. The older version of the app had a defined grid where you could place objects. Now you, as the developer, are free to create the layout most appropriate for your application.

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6. Share Your Dashboards

With the enhanced Data Dashboard for LabVIEW app, you will be able to send your favorite dashboards to colleagues via email or the NI cloud. You will also have the option to lock your dashboards for read-only access once distributed. If your colleague receives a dashboard from you through email and has the same Data Dashboard for LabVIEW app installed, then it will automatically open the app when opened from email.

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7. New Controls and Indicators

In addition to reading data from network-published shared variables or web services, you will have the ability to add dashboard controls to write data or commands over the network. New controls and indicators give you more flexibility to create the dashboard needed for your application. Once added to the dashboard, controls and indicators can be connected to data for monitoring and control.

          

 

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8. Work on Multiple Dashboards

The improved app will enable creating, editing, and saving multiple dashboards on a single device. In addition, you will have the ability to add multiple pages to each dashboard you create. The dashboards are displayed on a "carousel" that you can swipe through and choose the one you would like to work on. Once opened, you can customize and change the dashboard or run it.

 

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9. Define the Look and Feel of Dashboard Elements

You will have access to control and indicator properties that you can use to customize the appearance of your dashboards. By using built-in color theme options, you can quickly customize your dashboard layout in a professional and creative way thereby enhancing the user experience.

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10. Access the NI Technical Data Cloud

If you have a subscription to the NI Technical Data Cloud, you will be able to access data directly from the cloud via your iPad. This eliminates the need to access many distributed systems from your dashboards, or aggregate data using a separate LabVIEW application or modifying existing applications. Simply use the same LabVIEW application that you are currently using to write your data into the NI Technical Data Cloud, and connect your dashboard object to whichever channel or variable you wish. This way, you are able to quickly and easily visualize your data remotely.

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11. Connect to Data Seamlessly and Securely

The new Data Dashboard for LabVIEW app will enable linking controls and indicators to secure LabVIEW web services. By using secure LabVIEW web services, dashboard users will have to login using IDs and passwords setup by the developer and have the digital API key to access the application. By configuring secure web services, developers can have groups of user IDs have access to only monitor data while other groups have the ability to control and montior the application. Properly configuring an API security key for a web service during the configuration process allows only requests coming with that particular key access to any data.

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12. Choose Your Background

With the new app, you will be able to change the color of your background or use a photo of your choice. Developers even have the option to use onboard cameras to take a picture and then use that for the background. This is useful if the device is deployed and you can take an image of the actual setup. This might help users of the dashboard more intuitively know what certain controls and indicators do.

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13. Access Capabilities on Additional Platforms

While the above features will only be available only on iOS and Android tablets, you can also access a subset of Data Dashboard for LabVIEW functionality on the iPhone (called Data Dashboard Mobile for LabVIEW) as well as selected Android smartphones, Windows Mobile smartphones, and Windows 8 machines. Some features currently available on these platforms include the following:

  • Fixed-layout dashboards
  • Data access via network-published shared variables or web services
  • Indicators including graphs, strings, and numeric readouts
  • Access to built-in device sensors (for example, accelerometers)

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14. Getting Started with Data Dashboard

Once you've downloaded the application you can have Data Dashboard working for you in no time.
Getting Started with the Data Dashboard for LabVIEW

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15. Explore and Download NI Mobile Apps

You can find direct download links for these apps, learn about other mobile offerings from NI, and get involved with the mobile community at ni.com/mobile.

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