LabVIEW_IconThe new LabVIEW navX-AE software library and example code integrates navX-sensors into a RoboRIO Robot.  LabVIEW navX-AE supports access to navX2-MXP via SPI, USB, I2C and TTL UART, and to navX2-Micro via I2C.

Note that the navX-AE library is also backwards-compatible with the “Classic” navX-MXP and navX-Micro sensors.

[Update:  1/12/2021 – Version 4.0.412 is now available – which is compatible with the FRC 2021.1.2 (Kickoff) Release.  This is compatible with the 2020 FRC Release of LabVIEW.]

To use LabVIEW navX-AE, download the latest build of the libraries and run the included setup program, or checkout the source code with Git.  To learn more about the library, online help is available.

Getting Started

Tool Palette

After running the setup program included in the latest build, the navX AE library will be located in the LabVIEW tool palette, in the WPI Robotics Library->Sensors->ThirdParty palette menu.


LabVIEW AE Tool Palette


To begin using LabVIEW navX-AE, locate the navX in the navX AE Tool Palette then drag and drop the navX onto your main block diagram (alternatively, you can place navX  in the timed tasks vi).  Important NOTE:  DO NOT PLACE navX in a loop.

Once placed on the block diagram, navX will initialize communications with the navX2-sensor.  After placing navX on the block diagram, use the protocol selector to choose the communication protocal that you want to use.  Choices include SPI, I2C, TTL UART, and USB.

Reading sensor data

After configuring navX, sensor data can be retrieved from the connected navX-sensor.   Available sensor data is accessible via the various navX-AE “Get” vis on the “Get” Tool Palette.

Modifying sensor configuration

In addition to retrieving sensor data, certain actions (such as zeroing the yaw) are available via the navX AE “Set” vis on the “Set” Tool Palette.

Next Steps

After getting the sample navX-sensor application running, please see the Examples section for a description and sample code which implements some key capabilities enabled by navX-sensors.