The first step, Specify, is in many ways the most important step. This is the step that sets the direction for everything that will come after it.
Too often, the engineer in all of us wants to get right to the meat of the project. Even before we have analyzed the full scope, we want to get to the fun part. I submit that the rest can be fun too. The whole solution is part of the challenge. Some problems are solved with a circuit, some with code, but others can only be solved by other factors.
Be aware that a custom image is stored as part of the VI, so your VI can grow in size quickly if you use a big image.
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The technique goes by different names: freeform, Manhattan, dead bug, air-wired. Whatever you call it, it involves building your circuit by bending wires to form traces without using a circuit board.
Similar techniques pre-date PCBs. If you ever took apart an old TV or radio, you have probably seen this type of construction. This modern version is elegant and beautiful (for a given geeky definition of beautiful). It is especially impressive that it even sometimes includes surface-mount components.
Here is a great example project of a see-through Arduino pictured above. Check out the full write-up on Instructables.
Most LabVIEW apps have a tell-tale “Stop” or “Done” button. That always bugs me. Why shouldn’t a LabVIEW program end the same way any other Windows program ends?
They should. Here’s how to close your program the right way.
Our simple python server for the Pi bridges your existing LabVIEW LINX programs to your Arduino without having to changing any code.