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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
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    1. fmotta on June 12, 2015

      Hmmm, I wonder if this can be 'married' to the 'Pi Ball' and start the process toward making the whole idea come to pass (a ball - that travels to gather geospacial intel).

    2. GatorALLin on January 13, 2014

      You just need to attach your lidar to these flying Quadcopters.…

    3. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Still waiting on a contact number as I cannot post without this.

      Also have you found an escrow or similar service you feel comfortable using?

    4. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      I would hardly say that my comments can be constituted as bullying. All I'm asking for is whether it was possible to do such a thing for my personal assurance. I am simply trying to reach a mutual civil agreement while ensuring that I remain protected in this transaction.

      Can you please explain why my request is impossible? If you can suggest an escrow service to use I am more than happy to consider that as an alternative.

    5. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 28, 2013

      Your demands are impossible. Please bully someone else.

    6. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Sorry just got your private message with the address. Can we continue there?

      Sorry to everyone else forced to read this!

    7. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      OK, as it is the weekend here, I will have to wait until Monday to post it.

      In the meantime, can you please provide the full address to send it to and a contact number (both required for shipping)

      Also I would really appreciate it if you refunded the full amount (or at least half) first as I'm worried that once it's sent I won't hear from you again.

    8. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 28, 2013

      Yes, that's ok.

    9. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Taking a look my local postal service (Australia Post) will charge $62.35 to send it via express postage (the only method that is both trackable and registered). Are you happy to continue using this method or do you want to arrange your own courier to pick up the parcel?

    10. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Happy to send it back, can you at least message me an address to send it to?

      At this stage I'll just take the refund. Will you also be reimbursing the shipping costs? Happy to send it however you want, just as long as the costs are covered.

      To think this could all have been avoided if you had used some bubble wrap in your packaging. I was looking forward to experimenting with this.

    11. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 28, 2013

      Send the unit back and you will receive either refund or a new unit.

    12. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Nadir, please don't alter what has been said. Hopefully my reputation on KS will back me up as a reputable member as I have backed many projects and have not had any problems with any of those to date. Again as I've said repeatedly the only reason I post on this public comment board at all is due to not getting any reply from you.

      My request to receive a replacement are not unwarrented. The "LIDAR unit" I received was assumed broken in transit as the only thing I received was a raspberry pi (w/ SD Card), a broken laser pointer and a 3d printed case, all in pieces. I have never once been asked to send the faulty unit back and would have been happy to do so should you have asked so, however I'm not a mind reader, you need to ask for something to be sent back if that's what you wanted.

      Again this isn't a personal attack, however I am tired of not getting any answers to questions that could simply have been answered/resolved. My "demand" for a refund has only come about after several months of not receiving an answer following what was promised to me.

      The $300 pledge level states "Pledge $300 or more... all of the above and a Fully functional LIDAR." What I have received is a raspberry pi, a laser pointer, and some printed plastic. The only reason I'm not satisfied is because the above items are useless to me when what I was backing was for a functioning unit, let alone the fact that I payed $300 for it.

    13. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 28, 2013

      Just to set the record straight, "Adrian Apps" has received a LiDAR and wasn't satisfied. Since then "Adrian Apps" keeps demanding a new item or a refund without sending back a unit that was shipped to him. I always keep connection with my supporters if I have delays, but some people are just never satisfied.

    14. Adrian Apps on September 28, 2013

      Nadir, you've also stated in a private message that you will be sending me a replacement. Why you have since stopped replying to my messages I am unaware.

      Please stop ignoring me and reply to my message. Either send the LIDAR or issue a refund, at this point I don't really care which any more as you have lost my respect now that I can see you are still active on Kickstarter. By this time you should have already received the Terms and Conditions from Kickstarter staff, hope you re-read it and take it to heart. Supporters such as myself who truly believe in projects enough to support them and want to help should not be treated the way you are now acting towards me.

      Again I am regretting that I am forced to post in a public forum but seeing as my previous messages dating all the way back to June have remained unanswered, you have forced my hand.


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      anonymous-va212 on September 24, 2013

      Update - I've e-mailed Mr Nadir and he said he will be sending me my $300 Lidar. Thank you.

    16. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 20, 2013

      Dear supporters who haven't yet received your items - please send me your addresses in private message. I've requested everyone's address, but I can't send lidars to addresses that I don't have :)

    17. Steve Sutherland
      on September 20, 2013

      Like the previous poster, I also paid $300 and have yet to receive the Lidar unit. I'm patient, but would appreciate an update as the original target ship date was August 2012 and now we're in September 2013!

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      anonymous-va212 on September 17, 2013

      I paid $300. Can I have my money back please? It's been almost over two years.

    19. Adrian Apps on August 22, 2013

      Hi Nadir, forced to post here because I haven't got a reply back from you yet in the private messaging. Just wondering if you can provide me an update on the replacement LIDAR you promised to send out in a couple of days (back in June). I still haven't seen anything.

    20. GatorALLin on August 20, 2013

      Check out this flying Quadcopter design and project. You could attach your Lidar system to it and use it to do real time Cave mapping, or even fly it into a burning building to help create maps to use for rescue uses.…

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      Laur Mõtus on June 29, 2013

      Would be cool to get one before a year passes :D

    22. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on April 30, 2013

      I will get new batch of cases by the end of the week or next Monday. Then, assembled, remaining orders will be fulfilled next week. I am getting a lot of interest from beyond kickstarter, so some shipments were made to buyers. This gave us time to perfect the case for kickstarter funders.

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      Alan Champion
      on April 21, 2013

      Any update on expected delivery dates? -thanks.

    24. Adrian Apps on April 13, 2013

      Hello, any chance of an update? Was playing around with a laser scanner today so would love to get my hands on the completed LIDAR. Cheers.

    25. 20drigo Perez [Mx] on February 13, 2013

      Just checking, as my PO box reports no lidar yet, not sure if they should have received it back in Nov. Thx.

    26. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on September 5, 2012

      I received 8 computers, so I'll be sending 8 lidars within this week. Another 12 should be coming soon.

    27. Chuck Pearce on September 4, 2012

      Nadir, any updates as to the website or tests you have done?

    28. Derek Webb on July 11, 2012

      Holy hell! I just logged in and noticed this got funded! So far it looks like you might have an awesome project. Good work!

    29. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on June 24, 2012

      Chuck, first of all, thank you very much for support.
      Laser kit is more like a memorabilia in participating in a project, although, if you're into robotics, you may get a lot of interesting new ideas how the laser kit can be used. kit includes 5mW laser and different diffraction lenses - one of them is generating 15x15 field, although capable of generating more or less. And yes board also can be used to develop new ideas and programs.

    30. Chuck Pearce on June 24, 2012

      Nadir, can you describe the contents of the kit and how it differs from the kit and single board? Is this like a beagleboard addon? I think it is great to see a low cost lidar type system available which would really help the robotics community.

    31. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on June 24, 2012

      Thank you for your support, Jelle. I looked at both and I want to make a product that you can buy off the shelf, plug in and start working, and not spnd time hacking Kinect or Neato lidar.

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      Jelle on June 24, 2012

      isn't this what the kinect does? Using structured light to estimate the position of objects?

      The time of flight approach is not that hard, grad students can do it. I'll grant you that it is time consuming though.

      You might also wish to look into the neato lidar system. Basically it is a similar approach, with parallax offsetting a laser dot, but in their case they used the sensor from a scanner (fast & high resolution) to detect one single dot. Spin it around and you get your classical radar image...

    33. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on June 23, 2012

      Martin, thanks for your support. I'm working on it all available spare time.

    34. Martin Breiner
      on June 23, 2012

      Would really like to see this in action after completion.

    35. Nadir Bagaveyev 2-time creator on June 20, 2012

      Ralf, thanks for being a first supporter and thanks for ideas how to make it better. I will definitely incorporate them and write more detailed descripton.

    36. Ralf Hülsmann
      on June 20, 2012

      Great idea - interesting background.
      Hopefully, this is not to geeky for most pledger.

      Why not add some lower $$ rewards for non tech people ?
      I could think of photoseries of building, testing ...

      And think about explaining a lidar and possible use cases in the text.
      Point out, how that enables people learning or design products.

      Then - I don,t understand, wether the knowledge (IP, sketches, software) will help you to build/sell a product - put it in the open source, or whatever. That could help as well to get a clearer picture and get pledged.

      Btw - only time I did visit Mojave, the unheated hotel pool was just to cold to use it.
      Very intersting enviroment.... If you ever build it into something flying, keep off edwards....