Overview

LIDAR is all the range*. It's one of the fundamental sensing technologies of autonomous vehicles. It gives a system the ability to see how far away things are 360 degrees around it.

We used the Garmin LIDAR range finder in another guide. It works by sending out a pulse of modulated laser light which bounces off whatever it's aimed at and is read by an optical receiver. The time that takes is a measure of distance to the surface it bounced off of. While being very cool and very effective technology, it just looks in one direction. You could mount it on a stepper motor and repeatedly rotate and take a reading. Or you could use a 360 degree LIDAR system like the RPLIDAR from Slamtec.

* See what I did there?

Parts

Slamtec RPLIDAR A1 - 360 Laser Range Scanner

PRODUCT ID: 4010
Is your favorite robot currently in a mid-life crisis? Does it need a new purpose or perhaps, direction?  Well now you can find your way with the affordable and easy...
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Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B+ - 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 with 1GB RAM

PRODUCT ID: 3775
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the most popular Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 3...
$35.00
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Adafruit PiTFT - 320x240 2.8" TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi

PRODUCT ID: 1601
Is this not the cutest little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 2.8" display with 320x240 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay. The plate uses the high...
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USB cable - USB A to Micro-B

PRODUCT ID: 592
This here is your standard A to micro-B USB cable, for USB 1.1 or 2.0. Perfect for connecting a PC to your Metro, Feather, Raspberry Pi or other dev-board or...
$2.95
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5V 2.5A Switching Power Supply with 20AWG MicroUSB Cable

PRODUCT ID: 1995
Our all-in-one 5V 2.5 Amp + MicroUSB cable power adapter is the perfect choice for powering single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or anything else that's power...
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This guide was first published on Mar 19, 2019. It was last updated on Mar 19, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Feb 20, 2020.