Parallax introduces laser range finder

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Parallax has introduced the Laser Range Finder.

“Designed in conjunction with Grand Idea Studio, the Parallax Laser Range Finder (LRF) Module is a distance-measuring instrument that uses laser technology to calculate the distance to a targeted object. The design uses a Propeller processor, CMOS camera, and laser diode to create a low-cost laser range finder. Distance to a targeted object is calculated by optical triangulation using simple trigonometry between the centroid of laser light, camera, and object.”

It operates on 5 VDC at 150 ma and has a 4-pin (0.1″ spacing) header for interfacing power, ground, and TTL-level serial IO.

The schematic, BOM and related files on this open source project can be found at the LRF product downloads section. A chronology of this project’s development can be found in the Parallax forums.

The LRF is Parallax item #28044 and lists for $129.99.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Shadyman:

    That’s hilariously awesome.

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