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Make Laser Radar (LIDAR) an inexpensive gadget for every robot developer to have
Make Laser Radar (LIDAR) an inexpensive gadget for every robot developer to have
76 backers pledged $7,557 to help bring this project to life.

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This project is to develop inexpensive lidar from affordable components - laser pointer, small single board computer running linux and a webcam. Unlike more expensive lidars calculating timing between light emitted and returned, this lidar will have software calculating angles and distances to reflected spots and output serial signal with XYZ coordinates of reflected points in relation to 0,0,0 position of a camera. 

These funds will help produce precision machined parts and buy components that are required to make this lidar precise.Even with foam prototype the error was no more than 2%, e.g. at distances of 50 inches it could have an error of 1 inch.

Currently prototype works between 1 ft and 16 ft reliably, but running MATLAB on an embedded computer is not a way to go, so I'm writing concise C code to capture images, recognize reflected spots and triangulate distances to them.

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    You'll be included in backers' credits on the upcoming website, receive periodic updates on the project and get a thank you email from me.

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    All of the above and a Personal Certificate of a Supporter of the Future and a Thank You Letter

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    All of the above and a laser kit that was used in a project

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    All of the above and a single board computer that was used in the project

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    Pledge US$ 300 or more About $300

    all of the above and a Fully functional LIDAR.

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