Information related to the Mobile Studio Project
Installation of Mobile Studio Desktop Software on a Mac is generally done without any real difficulty. When students in Electronic Instrumentation were asked about what they used, here were the common responses: For my Mobile Studio with a Mac I use Bootcamp with Windows 7. I am running Mobile Studio on my Mac using VMWare Fusion with Windows 7. I use Parallels with Windows 7 to run Mobile Studio on my Mac. I use VMware fusion running a VM from my Bootcamp partition. I've also done it straight from Bootcamp. I used to have windows 7, and that worked well. Now I have windows 8 which works fine as well with the same configuration. The windows setup is practically native, so I experienced no problems. I use Parallels Desktop (version 11 I think) to run all my Windows applications. On Parallels I'm running Windows 7. Currently I'm running Mobile Studio on my MacBook Air, running 64-bit Windows 7 through Parallels 8 - no Bootcamp.
Installation of Mobile Studio Desktop Software on Windows 8 is slightly more complex than on other versions of Windows. Please follow the instructions at http://www.ecse.rpi.edu/courses/mobilestudio.html
The site has recently been updated since being transitioned to Google Sites. There is a new Blog area, so that all can share what they are doing with the I/O Board and new pedagogies that enable hands-on learning.
The site has recently been augmented with a guide for using the RED2 board with MATLAB. There is a tutorial file (pdf) along with a number of example "m" files. If you use either these materials or the LabVIEW materials, please let us know what you're doing.
The site has recently been augmented with large variety of Smart Lighting education and outreach information, links, materials and activities. In addition, there are a number of podcasts and schematics of circuits used in the Smart Lighting ERC efforts.
Remember that the board's User Manual can be located here: User's Manual
The Mobile Studio software has recently been updated (6/11/09), please download the new version and check the update log for specifics on the update. We are currently working on the development of K-12 outreach content and Mobile Studio activities, which we hope to have up on the site by mid-July.
The new version of the Mobile Studio Desktop software (posted on 3/26/09) has enhanced the low frequency capability of the analog input acquisition, for use with long timebases (>10ms/div). It also fixed a couple of "divide by zero" errors that occasionally popped up.
The Utilization Activities link has been re-organized and updated. All of the participants will be posting a host of new materials throughout the Spring 2009 semester. A link to Doug Mercer's extensive set of I/O Board based set-ups/experiments/utilizations is available - this is a very extensive set of material.
Audio control has recently been added to the COM object in the current release. This will allow developers to write software (using MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, etc.) that takes advantage of the board's audio output.
An installation manual and a user's manual have now been posted on the homepage of the site. An additional series of sample experiments will be posted shortly. These will include a group of settings files that will configure the desktop software and I/O board accordingly.
An automated calibration procedure for the RED2 I/O boards is now available in a new version of the software.The automated calibration routine can be accessed via the "Device" menu of the Mobile Studio Desktop software. This version requires that you update the firmware; which can also be selected under the "Device" menu. Please follow the on-screen instructions (ignoring the Microsoft-generated warning messages) to complete the update process. Please refer back to the site periodically to access new releases. We will send out notification when a major change release has been placed on the site (e.g. the impedance analyzer, wireless functionality, etc.)
We have released a number of LabVIEW modules for use with the RED2 board. There are both user development and complete application (compiled executables) versions for others to incorporate their applications. We have also added tutorial materials to help guide users through the process of adapting the LabVIEW VIs for use in their programs. The LabVIEW materials are available via the following page:
A utilization activities section has been added to the site containing links to Mobile Studio activities for folks to use in their Circuits and Electronics classes. This will include the hands-on class activities that are being utilized at Rensselaer, Howard and Rose-Hulman; along with other contributors.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly if you'd like to add your materials to the site.
RED2 I/O boards are currently available in both small and large quantities. Interested parties can submit an order via the following link:
We greatly appreciate the patience of the community and thank you for the continued interest & support.