LightWare is proud to present the LW20, the smallest and lightest commercially available LiDAR in the world.

Please visit our website for full specifications: LightWare - LW20

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Comment by Sergey on January 25, 2017 at 7:25am

Should be the most powerful and small consumer lidar ever. Can't wait to test it!

Is there going to be an OEM version (without enclosure) available?

Comment by Nadia Nilsen on January 25, 2017 at 7:32am

Absolutely! The SF20 will launch within the next 2 weeks.

Comment by Eric on January 25, 2017 at 9:55am

It is a good equipment, which remains affordable for the price.

Comment by Gary McCray on January 25, 2017 at 10:49am

Very happy to see this Nadia,

I am planning on ordering two SF20s as soon as they are available.

Best Regards,


Comment by Andrew Tridgell on January 25, 2017 at 5:27pm

fantastic, looks great!

Comment by Dorjano Baruca on January 25, 2017 at 7:17pm

One question though... What is the point of 1cm resolution if the accuracy is +/-10cm (got that from the website)?

Am I missing something? The objec 50m apart would be measured 49.90m or 50.10m, right? 

Great tiny thing by the way ;-)

Comment by Nadia Nilsen on January 25, 2017 at 11:17pm

@Dorjano, the measurement is given in cm, so you will see 49.90, 49.91, 49.92 etc.

The accuracy of this cm resolution reading is dependent on range to target, the reflectivity of the target and environmental conditions, such as sunlight. So when you get a reading of say 49.91, then there is a possibility that the true reading is between 49.81 and 50.01.

Under good conditions this "error" will be less than the +/-10cm.

I hope that explains it. ;-)

Comment by Hugues on January 26, 2017 at 12:29am

@Nadia, so the Lidar oversamples by 10 times the smallest distance it is able to measure (10 cm), ie 5 times to much according to physics laws (Nyquist law). Optimum would be a factor of 2. Why this sub-optimal engineering choice, that probably drives the cost upward? Great opportunity to design a cheaper V2 of your product?

Comment by Laser Developer on January 26, 2017 at 1:39am

@Hugues - Suffice it to say that the timing system isn't just straight forwards signal sampling. We have encryption superimposed on the signals and we have to operate with very high noise when aiming directly at the sun. I wish there was a simple way of doing this ;).

Comment by JB on January 26, 2017 at 6:37am

Time to order something from LD/Lightware. This time I'll have to pay. ;-)

LD when you say encryption, do you mean create an "unnatural" signal the LIDAR can distinguish from background noise, like from the sun? Or do you have to encrypt the signal so that "sun aliens" don't interfere with the LIDAR signal? :-p


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