Isn’t it astonishing how far we have come? Right from the stage, we have assistants at home to “home assistants,” we can have a conversation with. It is not like we use technology, we live technology. Now that technology is continually evolving and changing Our lives every second, we have self-driving cars which are innate in determining if someone is crossing the road or when to start. Or you might remember the times the shopping malls doors opened the moment you are about to step in. All these things are narrowed down to a single remote sensing technology called LiDAR.
LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Raging. This technology uses the pulse from laser light to measure the distance to objects and the ground. LiDAR systems can map their surroundings at the speed of light. It is arguably the best sensor today’s group is blessed with.
It comes with reliable navigation, localization, and obstacle avoidance from all levels of the ground. But the thing is LiDAR is insanely expensive. For that reason, We San Leandro, California based startup Scanse has developed a 2D LiDAR system that guarantees to be much cheaper and way better than what’s in store right now.
Scanse – Sweep LiDAR 3D Scanning Sensor:
Scanse Sweep is designed with a sensing technique that takes an edge over low-power components. This is a scanning LiDAR sensor designed to bring powerful 360-degree sensing capabilities to everyone for an affordable price. This device has a built-in LiDAR-Lite that allow you to tweak the rotation speed on the fly so you can either quiet it down for a detailed-info or rush it up for faster reaction times.
The device weighs 4.2 oz (120 g) and measures 2.5 x 2 in (65 x 50.9 mm), it can sense within a range of 40 meters, a sample rate of 1000 samples/second, thus, making it perfect for site surveying, robotics, UAVs, and Internet of Things/security applications. As we mentioned earlier, the device holds a sensor module that is enclosed with a rotating head making it operated by a small drive motor for a 360-degree field of view.
Sweep is a single-plane scanner. In layman terms, as its head rotates counterclockwise, it collects the information or data in a single plane. This device can be connected to all low-level microcontrollers directly using its serial port or to any device such as a PC with the provided USB-to-serial converter. The thing that makes Scanse Sweep stand out from others is that it has two serial port connectors with identical signals that enable more mounting options
LiDAR for Every Application
1. 3D Scanner Add-on Kit
Surveying with scanning LiDAR has traditionally been very expensive. With our 3D scanning add-on kit, Sweep can create full spherical scans of environments. This has huge implications for those wanting to document 3D environments, like archaeologists, forensics specialists, and 3D effect artists in the VR and film industry. This data can also help with planning and inspection tasks in the construction industry.
2. Robotics & UAVs
Sweep is an ideal sensor for detecting and avoiding obstacles. Whether in the air or on land, robots need to understand their surroundings in order to navigate safely. The need for intelligent sensors becomes critical when robotic vehicles are tasked with navigating near people or high-value objects. Sweep provides long range and accurate range data to objects, even in noisy sunlit environments. By providing a full 360-degree field of view, Sweep presents an economical way to replace a host of other range sensors, while providing higher resolution and accurate data.
3. IOT / Security
Sweep can be used to detect the quantity and location of people within a space. It’s long range and wide field of view allow Sweep to monitor large spaces. By providing only a 2D scan of a room, Sweep helps reduce privacy concerns that cameras present. By incorporating intelligent operating modes in Sweep you can output only the count and location of moving objects, which reduces the data bandwidth and processing time required by security hubs.
Sweep is a great learning tool. By providing a sensor that’s affordable enough for students to purchase, Sweep opens the door for LiDAR to be used in a wide range of educational settings. Sweep can help teach the fundamentals of 3D mapping in the classroom, as well as help guide educational robots in competitions. We are making Sweep easy for students to start using quickly, by providing drivers and libraries for several of the most popular development platforms, including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and National Instruments roboRlO.
The scanning capabilities of the Sweep allow you to adjust the rotation speed on the fly so you can slow it down for more detail, or speed it up for fast reaction times.
Sweep 3D LiDAR Scanning Sensor & its Range:
Scanse Sweeps entirely relies on a whole new kind of LIDAR sensor developed by a company, PulsedLight. It is based on flight ranging method that involves sending out laser pulses that are made up of micro-pulses. These obtained micro-pulses then become a common kind of light that allows the sensor to seamlessly correlate with the returning light to the known pattern and achieve a phase difference measurement. The thin line between the traditional LIDAR, and this method is, the conventional one uses a series of identical pulses to measure the phase difference between outgoing and incoming light.
Scanse Sweep 3d Scanner Kit:
The outdoor 3D scanning has been around for decades in store but is way too much expensive for home purpose. Thus, the Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit becomes beneficial as it is an advanced 60-piece DIY kit that gives you everything you need to use the Scanse Sweep LIDAR sensor. This scanner is an ideal choice for enthusiasts, students, researches, makers, and much more. With the incorporated powerful technology, this Scanner kit is all set to explore and experiment with various applications. All you need are a wire stripper, small Philips-head screwdriver, soldering iron and a 2.5mm ball-end hex key.
It is to be noted that each Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit is controlled by Raspberry Pi 3, driver HAT, a stepper motor, and a 9DoF IMU, all housed inside an included 3D-printed enclosure. While the system rotates in its seat, the top of the 3D scanner turns back and forth to provide a complete three-dimensional scan of its surroundings.
The Future of 3d Scanners:
See, for us, the ultimate trigger for innovation in a field is the passion for achieving greater excellence or enhancing from what is already is already in vogue. That has been utterly true from the moment we started working on the Scanse Sweep, the system that allows capturing even complex and minute objects with utmost perfection.
Conclusion About Future with 3D LIDAR Scanners
We believe that 3D scanning holds a comparable space as the design domain that 3D printing had in its childhood days. The use of 3D scanners in the industrial-quality control has already streamlined its operations for the innovative companies that have integrated the technology. The organizations or industries that embrace 3D scanning with Artificial Intelligence and automation would undoubtedly improve the accuracy and bottom line.