Anybody here doing any data acquisition with their macs? More specifically, has anybody had good experiences with some of the various National Instruments DAQ products on a mac?
My lab primarily uses LabVIEW, which I've reluctantly come to enjoy, but unfortunately we're mostly a Windows lab. We recently purchased a mac mini to go in our cleanroom, the primary purpose of which is to connect to a digital camera/microscope setup for acquiring microscope images.
But pretty soon I'd like to use that mac mini to control some external hardware. National Instruments makes some decent Data Acquisition products, many of which either require PCI slots or an external chassis (eg compact PCI or PXI). But I'd like something simple that connects via USB. I'm looking for something with a few analog voltage inputs and outputs, speeds up to 1 MHz would be nice but not essential, DIO would also be nice but not essential. The device MUST be programmable from with LabVIEW.
National Instruments has the NI USB-6251 which would be good, as well as the NI USB-6218 . But unfortunately both of these products are only officially supported on Windows. I've contacted NI twice about using these products on OS X and have yet to hear any response from them.
What's highly annoying is that these are merely USB devices, so I don't see why the drivers should be OS-dependent. Even more confusing is that both devices are built to take advantage of NI's DAQmx configuration/control interface, support for which is built directly into LabVIEW. And LabVIEW is available on OS X. So I don't see any reason why these shouldn't work per se, but I don't want to drop $1000+ on a device that's not specifically guaranteed to work with my setup.
Anybody have any experience with Data Acquisition on their macs?