Portable Student Devices: Analog Discovery 2 and myDAQ


This article provides information and specifications for two portable student devices: the Analog Discovery 2 and the NI myDAQ.

Student devices are multifunction data acquisition and controls instruments that enable students to experiment anywhere, anytime.

These devices do not replace laboratory time but they supplement: adding experiments to better solidify theory which did not fit into the prescribed lab time.

The two main implementations of student devices are flipped classrooms and portable labs. Watch Dr. Bonnie Ferri’s video above to learn more about flipped classrooms.


Analog Discovery 2 - NI Edition


Analog Discovery is a portable data acquisition device that combines over 5 bench-top instruments into a single pocket-sized device. myDAQ gives students the ability to easily interface with sensors and measurements to view live signals in complex systems.
  Analog Discovery 2 - NI Edition myDAQ
Recommended Courses Analog Circuits
Digital Electronics
Power Electronics
Intro to Engineering Measurement/Instrumentation
Sensor interfacing courses
Hardware Specifications 100MS/s Scope (30MHz Bandwidth with BNC Adapter)
100MS/s Waveform Generator
16 DIO + Logic Analyzer
5V Variable Power Supply
Software Network Analyzer
Audio Out
200kS/s Analog Inputs (400kHz Bandwidth)
200kS/s Analog Outputs
15V and 5V Fixed Power Supplies
Audio In + Audio Out

Stand-alone front panel: Waveforms.

LabVIEW integration with Waveforms

LabVIEW integration with ELVISmx

Full Multisim integration


Complementary Labs for Electrical Engineering

Wide selection of labs and courses written for the myDAQ are available here


BNC Adapter to enable higher bandwidths

miniSystems for specialty labs and experiments

The Bottom Line The Analog Discovery 2 is ideal for the breadth of electrical engineering courses. It delivers the power of 5 bench-top instruments through a small OS-agnostic front panel. myDAQ introduces students to the basic instruments used throughout science and  engineering courses. It gives students the ability to focus on taking measurements, not setting them up.