Getting started with Data Acquisition and LabJack
What you'll learn
- Learn the basics of data acquisition and control.
- Learn how to setup your LabJack and Kipling.
- Learn about LabJack's port basic and extended features.
- Learn how to program your LabJack using Lua (onboard) and Python (remote).
- Learn how to connecting your LabJack to simple sensors and actuators.
- No requirement for prior experience in data acquisition or control.
- A basic understanding of how simple sensors and actuators work.
- Ability to wire simple circuits on a breadboard.
- Ability to read and write simple Python programs.
- Knowledge of the Lua programming language is not required (you'll learn what you need in this course).
This course is ideal if you want to record a lot of data about the real world from sensors so that you can analyze it later.
For example, you may want to record the volume of water that flows through a pipe, the temperature of a fridge, or the movement of a high-rise building due to winds. And, you may want to do this for ten years without any human intervention.
This course is also ideal if you want to control the environment based on the data collected from sensors.
For example, you may want to adjust the pressure in a water pipe using a variable valve if the pressure sensor shows it is above a certain threshold. Or, you may want to raise an alarm if the temperature of a fridge rises above 0°C.
What is LabJack?
LabJack is a tool for data acquisition and control.
LabJack was designed to be robust and reliable, to work autonomously in harsh environments for a long period of time, and to have a lot of input/output ports able to connect to a huge range of sensors and actuators.
LabJack can be used via an intuitive graphical user interface and is programmable using any one of the many mainstream programming languages.
You can start taking measurements without writing a single line of code.
You can also write simple or complex scripts that run both on the device or on a host computer to automate data acquisition and control through a network.
This course will teach you...
The basic concepts of data acquisition and control.
How to use a LabJack device without any programming.
How to network and automate DaQ tasks using languages like Lua and Python.
How to use LabJack's basic and extended port features.
And how to connect a variety of sensors and actuators to a LabJack device.
Would you like to know more about this course?
Learn about the exact course content, required hardware, the knowledge prerequisites, and check out the free sample lectures.
I look forward to seeing you on the course!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in recording real-world data for later analysis.
- Anyone interested in building applications to control the environment based on the data collected from sensors.
- Anyone interested in learning about DaQ (Data Acquisition) but is not confident how to start.
- Anyone interested in learning how to use LabJack devices quickly.
- Anyone who is intimidated by the complexity of PLCs and looking for a simple yet powerful way to control anything, from a factory production line to a rocket engine test rig.
Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.
As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.
Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.
A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.
His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.
Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.
For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.