I would like to make a simple distance/range finding program using Labview, the Arduino and the very popular HC-sr04 ultrasonic sensor.
The sensor has a built in control circuit that sends out 8 pulses at 40khz when a trig pin is momentarily high(Ideally there should be a 10us trigger
pulse followed by a 100ms(low) delay); the time taken for the pulse to return to the echo pin of the sensor is linearly proportional to the distance.
The value of time in (us) can then be converted to cm or inch using the following conversions uS / 58 = centimeters ; uS / 148 =inch.
I'm having some trouble programming the Arduino with Labview, I know the Arduino has 3 counter/timers however I'm not sure how to access them using Labview I would like to send out a TTL pulse as described above using one counter, and then use a second counter to count the TTL pulses back to the sensor.
also as I have the Arduino C program and library's for the ultra sensor, is it possible to use that code with Labview.
Any help with this would be great.
sensor datasheet: http://elecfreaks.com/store/download/HC-SR04.pdf
Is there a way to include the arduino ultrasonic.h library in labview (call the C code from a text file using the read from file vi maybe ??) or add the library to the ( LVIFA_Base.pde) file. I'm really having problems using labview with this sensor, I also have a ni usb-6009 and couldn't get an accurate value (I used a modified version of the mydistance example for the myDAQ (https://decibel.ni.com/content/docs/DOC-17678)). The sensor is not the problem as I am getting very accurate values using C code.
I added to the LabviewInterface.pde the library of the Ultrasonic Sensor, and added a new case (0x34) to call the function and measure the distance, here is the link to download the edited labviewinterface:
And here is the new LabView function block:
Just open an example (Analog Read pin example could be), delete the digital read block, add the new ultrasonic Sensor block, create a control for the trigger, echo and output distance, add a time delay (1 second for each measure should be good) as shown in the picture:
Things to keep in mind:
The ultrasonic library for that sensor only works with Arduino 0023, I have tried with 1.0 without success.
I couldnt find any button to upload files besides the image directly to the forum so I uploaded it to dropbox...
You have to click on "Use advanced editor" to upload files. Also, use a .zip for archives so that it is accessible to everybody.
Thank you for the reply and help, unfortunately I can't open the links you put up. If you could repost them using NathanB's method I would be very grateful.
Thank you so much this works perfectly. The dropbox link has an extra prefix added to it, which was giving a broken link error.
also if you would like to use the ultrasonic library with arduino 1.0, you have to change the cpp file for the ultrasonic library from #include WProgram.h
to #include Arduino.h and it should compile then.
Thanks again for all you help, I'm sure this will be a very popular vi, it should be included in the next LIFA update.
I'm glad it helped you. I fixed the dropbox links. And thanks for the advice with the ultrasonic library for Arduino 1.0, will be easier to do everything with only one compiler :P
Hello egaruz89 & Robwal
I'm trying to use that example but doesn't work :C in the case 0x34 show a error to compilated, I have the sensor HC-SR04 with arduino Mega and uno board, whatever that I tried fail, so I did everything you said.
this is my fail.
case 0x34: // Ultrasonic Sensor
LabVIEWInterface:527: error: 'class Ultrasonic' has no member named 'ranging'
Pleaseee Help me :C
Can you please post a labview10 version of the example?
We need to resend the Labviewinterface.pde to the arduino?
We can not use the arduino software 1.0 to resend this Labviewinterface.pde to the board?
I am working with sharp IR sensor, do you know if this ultrasonic sensor is more accurate?
I have some problem with reflective surfaces...
As I'm short on time, I will give you a Pdf with instructions on how to create the block yourself (so u can do it in your labview version). Sadly the instructions are in spanish, and I dont have time to translate it, but I suppose with an online translator will be enough in the case you don't know spanish.
Yes, you need to resend the Labviewinterface.pde to the board, but if you are using a different sensor, then a different library will be needed, which means then that you will have to change a bit the code. Probably is not too complicated. Just try to understand how you sensors library deals with the timing and outputs.
You can use any arduino IDE to send the files to the board.
all the best,
I will try to do this with pdf, don't worry about spanish we are to close, I am Portuguese.
Hi RobWal, could you please post how do you get conect the file LABVIEWInterface.pde that was provided by egaruz89 with the library?
Pd. Sorry for my english, I am from mexico.
i am getting an error while uploading "output" was not declared in the scope
You'll need to make sure that you are running the same version of LIFA and Arduino IDE that was being used when the custom firmware was written to make sure that it will compile and work correctly. Hopefully that is the only thing that is causing issues.
How can I see the distance, the Indicator Array dont show me nothing :S