Sonic Range Finder

Demonstration setup for sonic range finder connected to NI myRIO MXP.
In this project, students learn the principles of operation and applications of a sonic range finder, as well as the principles of the UART communication protocol. Students use myRIO and LabVIEW to calibrate and sense distance using a sonic range finder. In these activities, students follow steps to demonstrate correct operation of the sonic range finder, watch videos involving theory, and participate in a short activity after each video.
by Dr. Ed Doering | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


This is module 19 of 39 in the course set, NI myRIO Project Essentials Guide.


  • PDF Project Manual
  • LabVIEW Code
  • Video Tutorials (linked within Project Manual)


  • Basic LabVIEW familiarity
  • Basic circuit building

Related Resources


These labs have related concepts that can expand student experience.


Provides reconfigurable I/O that allows you to teach and implement multiple design concepts with one device.

myRIO Mechatronics Accessory Kit

Includes motors, sensors, and resources for teaching and implementing mechatronics concepts.


An integrated development environment designed specifically for engineers and scientists.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit

Required Hardware

Purchase Engineering Education Products
  • myRIO (enclosed) - View Specifications
  • myRIO Mechatronics Kit
    • Kit components included in this module:
      • Sonic Range Finder
      • Jumper Wires
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