This guy is reverse engineering the Neato Robotics Lidar system, which is by far the lowest-cost Lidar availalble. Neato has so far not made the Lidar available as a stand-alone product, thus this effort to clone and open source it.

A cheap and light Lidar system could open up a whole new class of UAVs that could navigate indoors and outside of GPS coverage. One way or another, it looks like that's on the way.

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Comment by Anish on December 5, 2011 at 7:03am
Awesome once it's viable APM could integrate the same might need an extra processor to do processing :)

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Comment by Randy on December 5, 2011 at 7:12am

This would be a huge advance.  Best of luck to Hash!


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Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on December 5, 2011 at 11:05am
So now it's not a problem making clone? Just funny how things changes. Great project!

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Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on December 5, 2011 at 11:16am

It would be awesome if he succeeds in creating an open source LIDAR!  Best of luck!

Comment by Ramon L on December 5, 2011 at 2:40pm

Nicee!! considering so inexpensive ( compared to other lidar radars) actually it can open a new market for the Neato. Adopting it for APM... jummm!! ( sounds like a APM 2.5 (as upgrade) or APM 3.0 can be born out of this jeje ).. I think a went to far beyond in my imag.. jeje Hope to hear good news from this one soon!


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Comment by Olivier ADLER on December 5, 2011 at 2:59pm

Very nice project. Keep up the good work !

Comment by David Schwarz on December 5, 2011 at 8:09pm

Hmm.... sparkfun AVC 2012

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