Developers, electronic enthusiasts and hobbyists searching for a 360° laser range scanner may be interested to know that Adafruit has announced the immediate availability of the Slamtec RPLIDAR A1 360 Laser Range Scanner. Priced at $115 the range scannerOffers a sampling rate of 8,000 samples a second with angular resolution of just 1 degree. “Distance Resolution: 0.2cm (If scan rate set as 5.5Hz, resolution is 0.2% of actual distance)”
Measuring 98.5 mm in width and 60 mm in height the laser range scanner weighs just 170g. Adafruit explains more “this laser scanner development kit can perform 360-degree scans within a 12-meter range. You can configure it for 2-10 Hz sample rate (that’s for an entire rotation). Out of the box you’ll get 0.2cm distance resolution, 1 degree angular resolution and 12 meter range”.
For more details and for technical specifications jump over to the official Adafruit online store where the Slamtec RPLIDAR A1 360 range scanner is now available to purchase priced at $114.95. “Now, because you can get accurate distance measurements at high speeds, you can put the LIDAR sensor on a spinning motor. The laser shoots out thousands of times a second, and when correlated with the angular location, can create a 2D ‘map’ of obstacles and walls. Normally, LIDAR sensors are outside the budget of hobby/maker robots, but the Slamtec is a great price and is an excellent choice for many robots or interactive projects.”