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 :)

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

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

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!

Comment by 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!

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

Comment by RoboBill on November 21, 2014 at 9:25am


This is what I'm designing from a BGM5208 hollow shaft brushless motor, slip ring and controller.

Of course I'm still waiting for my Lidar Lite. 

Where is the best place to share this design?

Does the Open Lidar Project have a home page?




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