SparkFun Inventor's Kit for LabVIEW

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for LabVIEW is a great way to add real world connectivity, programming, and hardware incorporation to your LabVIEW projects. The SIK includes everything you need to complete 14 circuit experiments, created in conjunction with the LabVIEW MakerHub, that will teach you how to use the LabVIEW graphical programming environment, read sensors, drive motors, and more. Don't worry, you won't need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.

The LabVIEW Home Bundle (download included in this kit) is a specially licensed version of the award-winning LabVIEW system design software targeted at home and maker use. The LabVIEW Home Bundle features a unique graphical programming environment for accelerated development and extensive support for a wide range of measurement hardware, I/O, and buses. Each bundle utilizes drag-and-drop interaction for quickly building graphical user interfaces with extensive signal processing, analysis, and math functionality (this includes added functionality for text-based math and control logic)!

The on-line SparkFun Inventor's Kit for LabVIEW tutorials (in the Documents section below) contain step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Thorough videos are provided and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.

Note: The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for LabVIEW can now ship internationally! You're welcome, world.

Note: The software is licensed for personal, non-commercial, non-industrial, non-academic purposes. Applications may be distributed only for non-commercial, non-industrial, non-academic purposes. Additionally, the LabVIEW Home Bundle software is for Windows only, be sure to check the system requirements before installing.

  • Circuit 1: Blink!
  • Circuit 2: Controlling Multiple LEDs
  • Circuit 3: Controlling LED Brightness
  • Circuit 4: RGB LED
  • Circuit 5: Push Button
  • Circuit 6: Piezo Buzzer
  • Circuit 7: Potentiometer
  • Circuit 8: Photocell
  • Circuit 9: TMP36 Temperature Sensor
  • Circuit 10: Pressure Sensor
  • Circuit 11: DC Motor
  • Circuit 12: Servo
  • Circuit 13: Sound Detector
  • Circuit 14: MMA8452 Accelerometer

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for LabVIEW Product Help and Resources

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If you lose the ability to talk to your RedBoard after uploading a Arduino sketch, you'll need to go through the LINX firmware upload procedure. Directions are at the link below.

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

1 Robotics

Skill Level: Noob - You will be required to put together a robotics kit. Necessary parts are included and steps will be easy to follow. You also might encounter basic robotics components like bearings, mounts, or other hardware and need a general idea of how it goes together.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • SDY / about 8 years ago / 1

    Could not get the previous edition (Retired SKU DEV-11225) to run under XP or Windows 10... Chances of me shelling out $$$ for the new edition? ZERO.

  • Member #666505 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Have been using NI stuff (LW/CVI >18 years and LV > 14 years) for a while. LV is a lock-in to a proprietary and arcane world. You have been warned.

    • KeithW / about 9 years ago / 1

      As a long-time LabVIEW user I would not use arcane or proprietary to describe it. It is easy to use, easy to read but can be "written" just as poorly as an other language, graphical or not. It is very widely used especially with test and measurement, automated/production testing and automation. It works very well and is equally well supported by NI and through dozens of forums.

      • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago * / 1

        I just wanted to add to this because it was a balanced reply. Bravo.

        LabVIEW is what it is. Yes, it's proprietary. Yes, it's VERY different from ANY language and that may seem arcane. However, it grew up in a very specific environment and, as such, is very good in that environment. As stated above, it's widely used in R&D labs, production testing lines, automated tests, and general measurement gathering. Why? Because they do an amazing job of shortcutting tedious driver work and GUI work. They also have done an amazing job of making parallel processing dead simple. Yes, I know you can accomplish all of this in any other language, but in the environments above, time is ABSOLUTE king. Saving schedule and everyone's time more than makes up for the cost of NI products (and they are expensive). So buy this kit as a learning tool and a stepping stone.

        Now, I know a lot of people have been grinding their teeth up until now. Here's what it is not. LabVIEW is not lightweight. It has overhead you can't control due to code being compiled behind the scenes. LabVIEW is not really for mass released product. It comes with a laundry list of drivers and an entire runtime environment when compiled. LabVIEW is nothing like text languages. In fact, if you keep any of your old programming notions, I absolutely guarantee it will come back to bite you. Take time to do the training and drink the KoolAid. LabVIEW is mostly compiled behind the scenes. Your block diagram gets turned into binary code in a rather complex way. This may scare some people.

        What did we learn today? A tool is a tool is a tool. Use it for what it's good at and don't get mad when your hammer doesn't drive a screw very well. As such, use this kit to learn LabVIEW if the above fields interest you. Being good (I mean really good) at LabVIEW is a skill we've always looked for in the past two jobs I've been in.

      • Reinaldo / about 9 years ago / 1

        Proprietary ... Yes, obviously. Arcane... Yes, "magics" dll's everywhere.

  • Member #725257 / about 9 years ago / 1

    There's a great new product that I think would pair well with this. It's a compiler to run LabVIEW code natively on the arduino. I'd love to see you guys bundle it with this kit.

  • Member #411166 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I am new to LabVUEW, what is included in the LabVIEW Software? The NI LabVIEW Student Edition Software Suite? LabVIEW Student Edition has a watermark on the front panel and block diagram? Please explain, Thanks

    • Member #640241 / about 9 years ago / 1

      As M-Short said this kit includes the LabVIEW Home bundle (LabVIEW Home Edition, the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module and the Mathscript RT module). Each of these pieces of software is identical to the full 'professional' version except that these are licensed for non-commercial use and have a watermark on the front panel and block diagram. No features have been limited from the pro versions.

      Let us know if you have any more questions about this.

      -Sam K

    • M-Short / about 9 years ago / 1

      It is the new Labview Home Edition. If you want to find out more about it I'd recommend checking out the getting started guide. Follow the directions for the download and just skip the section where you enter the serial number. There is a free trial that lets you play with the software and if you decide to get it you can just add the serial number in once you get it.

  • Arktour / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'd really like a version of this product that doesn't include a LabVIEW license. I still have my academic license and a license at work, so I don't want to buy a third one.

    • M-Short / about 9 years ago / 1

      We do sell all the parts in the kit individually as well and the tutorials are all online. Your best bet might just be to grab the individual parts we need.

  • Member #619360 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ow man... DC motor and pressure sensor... If only I mass ordered the inventor kits with this...

  • Sembazuru / about 9 years ago / 1

    Nice. My brother (who incidentally works for NI) got me the Arduino+Labview bundle (Retired SKU DEV-11225) for Christmas, but I haven't played with it much. I like what I see with the tutorials, so now I just need to check my parts against the components in this SIK and order the missing ones.

  • Member #36149 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Does this include a Mac version for 10.10.x ?

    • Member #640241 / about 9 years ago / 1

      Unfortunately no, LabVIEW Home Edition is Windows only.

      -Sam K

  • nategoose / about 9 years ago / 1

    What are the component differences between this and the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v3.2 (KIT-12060)?

  • jbeale / about 9 years ago / 1

    Interesting- this may be the first license I have seen requiring "non-commercial, non-industrial, non-academic purposes".

  • Member #362871 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hi, For some reason the Quickstart Instructions link takes you to an error page.

Customer Reviews

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Bridge Between Work and Hobby

At work, as a Test Engineering Specialist, LabView is king for test automation. Up to now, the SW has just been too expensive (either for my employer to add a license for a 'novice like me' or for me to purchase for myself). This opens the way of growth for me using HW I am very familiar with (Arduino). Since I am a Linux fanatic, I had to purchase a Windows 7 computer just to use this kit; and it took me a whole afternoon to set up the SW; but finally everything was communicating. I have great expectations for this! It really deserves 5 stars; but it is my protest that I have to use Windows and it could of been a little easier to install.

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Great piece of equipment...

Easy to use and just works.

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Great way to learn LabVIEW

I purchased this specifically to learn LabVIEW. I've already done some Arduino programming and this doesn't teach you anything about that but it teaches you a lot about LavVIEW. I wish the schematics were more than just a picture of the assembled circuit, that's the only thing I have been left wishing for.

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Neat kit

Like the kit, so far the videos have been great as well.

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Valuable LabVIEW/Arduino package

One pleasant surprise: my LabVIEW codes from 2001 run fine on LabVIEW 2014 Home version.

Very useful.

A great kit for getting up to speed on Arduino with LabVIEW. This kit has a great selection of items to try out, and allow the engineer to get a sample of what to use for future projects.

FYI - this kit will NOT teach you LabVIEW. There are other resources much better suited for that.

need help

I just realized that there are tutorials available for the LabVIEW kit. I'll go through these and hope for the best. Thank you