The Open Lidar Project - Hack the Neato XV-11 Lidar for a $400 Bounty!

Hey everybody,
I was inspired by Ladyada's awesome Open Kinect hacking bounty, so I decided to have a little fun myself. I thought, "what's something else that needs hacking?", and it occurred to me that everyone has been talking about the Neato Robotics XV-11's sweet laser rangefinder (, but nobody has hacked it yet (or at least talked about it) .
So, to get things started, I'm offering up $200 of my own money (plus RobotNV is offering another $100!, and Matt Trossen of Trossen Robotics has offered another $100!) in order to get someone to hack it and publish open source documenthttp://www.trossenrobotics.comation/drivers for using it on a robot.

You can find more details here:

Tell your friends! Let's get this puppy hacking and getting useful data back.

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Comment by Redemptioner on February 3, 2013 at 5:11am

I just want someone to hack the neato computer to change the size of the neato platform, then I can mount the whole computer and driver onto a automatic mower and have a decent mower as all the current robot mowers need a boundary wire and basically mower like they are on crack (randomly all over the shop). No difference between the vacuum and a mover other than the fact it is outside.....


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