myDAQ Student Data Acquisition Device

The myDAQ Student Data Acquisition Device combines a comprehensive set of plug-and-play computer-based lab instruments with portability for hands-on student learning in or outside the lab.

based lab instruments based on LabVIEW, including a digital multimeter (DMM), oscilloscope, and function generator. Students can access all the ready-to-run software instruments to perform experiments and exercises with the Bode analyser, arbitrary waveform generator, dynamic signal analyser (fast Fourier transform), digital input, and digital output.
These affordable devices allow for real engineering and, when combined with LabVIEW and NI Multisim software, give students the power to prototype systems and analyse circuits outside traditional lectures and labs.

Teaching applications

Circuits and electronics
Build and experiment with circuits on NI myDAQ to reinforce fundamental concepts and theory. With NI Multisim circuit design software integration, students can build a circuit like a bandpass filter in simulation, and then evaluate the relationships between ideal components and physical components in experimentation. Educators can use this platform to teach concepts such as the following:

  • Resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuits
  • AC analysis and frequency response
  • Operational amplifier and filter circuits
  • Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) circuits

Mechanical measurements
Students can move from paper-and-pencil problems to hardware prototyping on NI myDAQ in a measurement theory course, interfacing with real-world signals to perform tasks to measure and control by connecting to sensors and actuators. A hands-on approach gives students practical experience in topics including the following:

  • Temperature measurements
  • Strain measurement
  • Motion, force, and power measurements
  • Actuators.

Signals and systems
The professional-grade data acquisition capabilities of NI myDAQ make it possible to perform live signal processing experiments on topics ranging from sampling and time domain analysis to frequency domain concepts and manipulation, as well as the following:

  • Audio acquisition: sample rates and buffer sizes
  • Filtering and spectrum: audio equalising
  • Amplitude shift keying: text messaging

Other applications include:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Student design
  • Biomedical engineering.