Affordable Scanning LIDAR?
March 20, 2013
I read an article in ROBOT magazine about the NEATO XV-21 robot vacuum cleaner than apparently use a scanning LIDAR to map a room before vacuuming. It sells for $400 USD on RobotShop: http://www.robotshop.com/productinfo.aspx?pc=RB-Nto-10&lang=en-US It made me wonder - if the entire robot can sell for that much - how much would the scanning laser rangefinder be and where can I find one? Sure, I could spend $400 for the entire vacuum cleaner and rip into it, but short doing that, has anyone seen the LIDAR parts on the web? Most blogs and projects that attempt to create a DIY laser rangefinder entail a lot of effort and trial and error so if it's possible to skip straight to bolting on a unit and plugging it, that sure would be a find.