The LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit is a hardware and software package that allows you to program and control a Single-Board RIO-based autonomous robot. You can use the Hardware Setup Wizard to configure and test the Starter Kit hardware. Refer to the Robotics Starter Kit page (linked below) for more information about the Starter Kit.
How do I protect myself from injury and avoid damaging the robot hardware?
The Robotics Starter Kit contains hardware that requires special caution when you unpack, handle, and operate it. Refer to the LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit Safety Guide for important information about protecting yourself from injury and protecting the Starter Kit hardware from damage.
Access the LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit Safety Guide by navigating to the labview\readme directory and opening StarterKit_Safety_Guide.pdf. You must have Adobe Reader 6.0.1 or later installed to view or search the PDF versions of the manual.
How do I set up the Starter Kit robot?
Refer to the foldout document included with the Robotics Starter Kit, which includes illustrations and instructions for setting up the Starter Kit robot. You also can refer to the Getting Started Guide for the Robotics Prototyping Kit (linked below) for a video tutorial and detailed procedure for setting up the Starter Kit robot. You use the Hardware Setup Wizard to configure the Starter Kit hardware.
Contact National Instruments technical support if you encounter issues you cannot resolve when you set up and test the robot.
How do I know if the robot battery is low on power?
If the battery is low, the power LED might flash or not light up, the ethernet link and activity lights will blink periodically in unison and the sensor motor might move unpredictably. Also, if the MOTORS switch is on, the drive motors might turn at slower than normal speeds. Before you set up the Starter Kit robot, use the provided battery charger to charge the robot battery.
How do I run the Starter Kit robot?
When you exit the Hardware Setup Wizard with a checkmark in the Create a new robotics project in LabVIEW checkbox, LabVIEW launches and the Robotics Project Wizard displays. Use the default settings on each page of Robotics Project Wizard to create an application the Starter Kit robot runs.
When you complete the Robotics Project Wizard, LabVIEW displays the LabVIEW project that contains program files for the Starter Kit robot and opens Starter Kit x.0 Roaming.vi, which demonstrates how to control the robot. Follow the instructions on the front panel of the VI to deploy an application that controls the robot to the Starter Kit hardware.
What else can I do with the Starter Kit?
Refer to the LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit topic of the LabVIEW Help (linked below) for information about programming the Starter Kit robot, including how to simulate the robot.
Refer to the LabVIEW Robotics Code Exchange (linked below) to download and share example programs for the Starter Kit. Refer to the NI Robotics Starter Kit: List of Parts (linked below), for a list of Starter Kit robot components and information about how to buy additional parts.
Use the NI Example Finder, available by selecting Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW, to browse or search for example VIs that demonstrate robotics concepts, such as simulation, path planning and navigation, and kinematics. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more example VIs into a VI that you create.
How do I purchase fully licensed LabVIEW Robotics software?
After the evaluation period for the software on the Robotics Starter Kit DVD ends, you can purchase the LabVIEW Robotics Bundle, which gives you access to the LabVIEW Robotics Module and many other products in the LabVIEW platform, including the products in the Robotics Starter Kit. Refer to the LabVIEW Robotics Bundle page (linked below) for information about purchasing this product.
If you are part of an academic institution with an NI Academic Site License, you can activate the LabVIEW Robotics software using your Academic Site License key. Contact the software administrator at your institution for information about accessing NI software.