You read that right. It is a LiDAR sensor you can buy. Not just any LiDAR, though. It is a super tiny one measuring no more than 3.48 cm in thickness and tips the scales at mere 47g (1.7 oz).
Folks, this is the LDROBOT LD-AIR LiDAR and yes, it is tiny enough to be outfitted on a drone too. So, if ever wanted to develop your own obstacle avoidance system for you DIY drone, this hardware may help you realize that.
Billed as an ultra-small and high-accuracy LiDAR sensor, LDROBOT LD-AIR LiDAR is capable scanning 360-degree and has a measuring distance of between 0.02 – 12 meters (7.9″ to 39′) with a ranging accuracy of 30 mm (1.2″). Moreover, it is a compliant LiDAR sensor that makes it compatible with all autonomous robotic applications.
Here are some of the key features as per its maker:
• Adopting Advanced Technology, LD-AIR LiDAR utilizes the Time of Flight measuring method to detect distance precisely with a range of 0.02 to 12m. With the 360° omnidirectional Scanning Range, LD-AIR TOF can sense its surrounding environment with no dead corner to actualize obstacle detection and autonomously mapping.
• LD-AIR LiDAR can run perfectly in any conditions with 10000+ running hrs, IPX5 Water & Dust Proof, and Anti-ambient light 30000lux resistance.
• LD-AIR LiDAR is an Ultra-small & Ready-To-Use laser sensor that is small and versatile enough to fit in any appliance.
• Certified LD FDA Class 1 Laser Safety Standard, LD-AIR LiDAR adopts the low power infrared laser light as its light source and drives it by using a modulated pulse, ensuring both effectiveness and safety.
It is not clear if this tiny size LiDAR will kill the image sensor of a camera like someone has claimed a few years ago.
Submitted via TIP US Page.