The competition to hack the Neato Robotics vacuum cleaner Lidar sensor appears to have been sucessful. RobotoBox, which offered a bounty, says it thinks we have a winner!

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Comment by TenzinR on November 30, 2010 at 4:31pm
How far can this laser detect up to?
Comment by Lew Payne on November 30, 2010 at 4:50pm
I know one of the limitations (price-wise) of "cheap" LIDAR is the slip ring. I'm wondering... couldn't they use a Mercotak connector in place of the slip ring?
Comment by William Cox on November 30, 2010 at 6:41pm
TenzinR, user Chenglung showed data from his unit going out to 6 meters (~18 feet). You can see the graph here:
http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showpost.php?p=44338&postcoun...

Lew, in the original publication describing the unit Neato said they were going to use a short range RF modem to communicate without the slipring. In the production models it looks like they moved to a slipring - presumably for pricing reasons (or maybe FCC issues?)

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