Lab 3: Interfacing Basic Sensors

This lab illustrates how LabVIEW and NI ELVIS II can be used for studying different kinds of sensors. For this lab, a light sensor and a dual-axis accelerometer are used.
by Dr. Petru A. COTFAS, Dr. Daniel T. COTFAS, Dr. Doru URSUTIU, and Dr. Cornel SAMOILA | Transilvania University of Brasov


This is lab 3 of 7 in the course, NI ELVIS Computer-Based Instrumentation.


  • Downloadable lab manual
  • LabVIEW VI's needed for completing labs are included in download


  • Basic understanding of LabVIEW and ELVIS II


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.


The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a versatile laboratory platform that enables educators to teach over 20 different courses across science and engineering departments. The NI ELVIS integrates 12 common lab instruments including an oscilloscope, function...

Required Software

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  • LabVIEW 2014 or Later (requires license)
  • NI ELVISmx 14.0 or Later - Download

Required Hardware

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  • NI ELVIS II or II+ - View Specifications, View User Manual
  • TSL230R—light-to-frequency converter from Parallax, Inc.
  • Memsic 2125—dual-axis accelerometer from Parallax, Inc.
  • Mobile prototyping board
  • Protractor
  • Two 220 Ω resistors
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