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LabVIEW Software Setup for FIRST Tech Challenge 2011-2012

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Created on: Sep 12, 2011 1:50 PM by Hueter - Last Modified:  Sep 16, 2011 2:25 PM by Hueter

This year National Instruments has released LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM), an all new version of LabVIEW that makes it easier than ever for teams to create and program their robot for competition.


In order to compete you will need install two different peices of software.

LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM) & FTC Toolkit 2011-2012.


LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS is a version of LabVIEW built around the LEGO NXT and TETRIX hardware. The version has new getting started tools, visual configuration tools and new features that will make working with LEGO NXT simple and fast. LVLM is based on LabVIEW 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) All teams will get a LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS DVD in their Kit of Parts(KoP), but you can also download LVLM online. You can find your serial number for activation on the back of the DVD package. To install LVLM just insert your DVD, if it does not autorun, just doubleclick setup.exe


1. LVLM Features (Included in Kit of Parts) (Windows Download Option)

Note: (Mac version cannot be downloaded due to licencing restrictions, please install from your DVD included in the kit of parts or contact your affliate partner)

     • Getting Started Window

     • Video Tutorials

     • Teach Me Tutorials

     • Challange Me Activities

     • Robot Project Center

     • Schematic Editor (replaces the motor configurator)

     • Joystick Editor

     • NXT Module 2010 (NXT functions and tools)

     • NXT Watchdog has been integrated into the Wait funtion.


All FTC teams using LVLM will also need to downlaod the FTC Toolkit 2011-2012. This has all of the additional components you will need to compete in FIRST. Be sure you install this after LVLM. The FTC Toolkit does not need to be activated.

2. FTC Toolkit 2011-2012 Contents (Downlaod Only - Win/Mac)

Note: Install LVLM first

     • Field control system (FCS) tools

     • Teleop code generation tools

     • Autonomous mode templates

     • NXT Fantom driver

     • Samantha Module Support

     • LVLM patches & updates

     • FTC programming challenges





Can I use an older version of LabVIEW for competition?

     This years competition software relies on new features built into LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS and the FTC Toolkit. LVLM is free for all FTC teams, you can install the Windows or Mac version from your DVD included in the Kit of Parts or you can download the Windows version in the link above.


Where are the FTC templates?

     The Teleop and Autonomous templates are installed with the FTC Toolkit. After the FTC Toolkit has been installed, create a new Robot Project and choose the FTC robot template. This project includes an empty Autonomous template in the Robot Project Center. From any project you can create a teleop template by clicking Generate Code on the top of the Remote Control Editor. Guide to FTC Templates for LVLM.


Where can I find help for install issues?

     If you run into any installation issues please create a new discussion on the FTC forum.


Are there any known issues with the Samantha module support?

     Yes please review the Samantha Module known issues document.


Can I use LVLM in the classroom?

     The LVLM licence provided for FTC teams is not authorized for classroom use. If you would like to upgrade your FTC licence to a classroom pack LEGO Education is offereing a special discount for FTC teams.

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