Just $1,000 to go (in one day) to get real lasers with LIDAR-Lite!

The cool LIDAR-Lite rangefinder project hit their base goal and are now just $1,000 away from their stretch goal of $75,000. If they hit that they'll switch the LEDs in the current design for real lasers, for even longer range and accuracy. If you haven't backed the project, now is the time. Let's push them over the top! (I've now ordered a second set)

[UPDATE: They did it! Lasers are go]

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Comment by Jason McCarthy on March 30, 2014 at 1:49pm
Chris : great to hear. Thanks.

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Comment by Mark Harrison on March 30, 2014 at 5:29pm

Congrats Dennis, and thanks to Chris for the (laser) pointer!

I'm looking forward to receiving my unit!

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on March 30, 2014 at 9:17pm

Wow, terrain following LIDAR!  That'd be a must-have! :D

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on March 31, 2014 at 3:03am

Congrats for reaching the Kickstarter goal! But I can achieve similar / better results than in that video today with the "not recommended MBTX 1200 Sonar" and not using Arducopter code of course. I really don't see the real benefit of laser devices over a good sonar + soft (greater range? but then the baro is sufficient, maybe laser in the vertical plane?).

Comment by Euan Ramsay on March 31, 2014 at 3:21am
Sonar is succeptible to air pressure issues, like that found under MR prop wash. So unless it's in completely clean air, make accurate MR use tricky to achieve.

Lasers don't have that problem.
Comment by Crashpilot1000 on March 31, 2014 at 3:51am

And how is it possible then, that I have better results right now with sonar+baro+acc than the future laser solution shows in the video (like avoiding the car)? Maybe I should do a video on that next weekend.

Comment by David Pawlak on March 31, 2014 at 4:10am

At some point perhaps... the laser could scan an area. NOW THAT I could use.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 31, 2014 at 6:31am

@Crash, could be because your copter is much quieter than most.

Though I did have quite a bit of success cleaning up the sonar signal myself in the wall following code that I did.  I passed the readings through a mode filter, and then an LPF.  The Mode filter rejects the bad reads that the sonar can give, without upsetting the mean as happens if you use only an LPF.

Comment by kevin zhou on March 31, 2014 at 7:33am

integrate it with pixhawk........

Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 31, 2014 at 3:29pm

Can you work with anyone else before production or does 3DR have exclusive rights?

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