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New 1D ToF Range sensor looking for testing

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From Luis Rodrigues via ros-users@

I'm one of the developers of a new ToF baser 1D ranging sensor, 
that was created in one of our research projects with CERN.

We've just finished the ROS module and would like to find people in the ROS 
community that would be willing to test it/use for their projects. 

The sensor is 20g, small and the refresh rate is up to 1kHz.

We have it on sale here:  
but for people which can provide feedback we can offer a substantial discount.

If anyone here is interested in testing it/knowing more, please contact me at: 

Robopeak announces ROS Drivers for the RPLIDAR

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From ShiKai Chen

Descriptions & Images:
RPLIDAR is a low cost LIDAR sensor suitable for indoor robotic SLAM application. It provides 360 degree scan field, 5.5hz rotating frequency with guaranteed 6 meter ranger distance.  By means of the high speed image processing engine designed by RoboPeak, the whole cost are reduced greatly, RPLIDAR is the ideal sensor in cost sensitive areas like robots consumer and hardware hobbyist.

The RPLIDAR core engine performs high speed distance measurement with more than 2000 samples per second. For a scan requires 360 samples per rotation, the 5.5hz scanning frequency can be achieved. Users can customized the scanning frequency from 2hz to 10hz freely by control the speed of the scanning motor. RPLIDAR will self-adapt the current scanning speed.

ROS Node:

Odometer Free Hector map building using RPLIDAR

Scan Record:

About RoboPeak
RoboPeak is a research & development team in robotics platforms and applications, founded in 2009. Our team members are Software Engineers, Electronics Engineers and New Media Artists that all come from China.

RoboPeak develops both software and hardware, which include personal robotic platforms, Robot Operating System and related devices.

Our vision is to enrich people's daily-life with the ever-changing development and innovation in robotic technologies.

Announcing ROS support for LazeeEye

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From Heuristic Labs via ros-users@

I'm writing to make you aware of an exciting new Kickstarter project, the "LazeeEye":


LazeeEye takes your existing smartphone and turns it into a depth camera using laser illuminator hardware and a stereo vision processing app. 

The goal is to produce hardware and software that can bring 3D perception to devices that have low-power/low-weight processing and a high-resolution, such as what you would find in your smartphone.

You as a ROS user can be particularly excited about using your existing smartphone in robotics applications. In fact, the inspiration for the LazeeEye was for lightweight aerial robots, where we were constrained by the redundancy, inefficiency, cost, and lack of portability of existing 3D sensors.

For more information, or to consider supporting the project, please check out the Kickstarter page:, and don't hesitate to spread the word!

I just wanted to affirm that ROS drivers will be made available for LazeeEye, including image capture through rosjava (if on Android). We'll make every attempt possible to match existing conventions for the RGB-D processing pipeline, so as to seamlessly replace your legacy Kinects and Xtions : )

Also wanted to mention hardware support for LazeePi (LazeeEye on a Raspberry Pi), and its camera module.

From Sammy Omari of Skybotix AG and ETHZ ASL via ros-users@

We are 
happy to announce an Early Adopter Program for the visual-inertial sensor that is developed by the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich and Skybotix AG.


The VI-Sensor is a light-weight, fully-calibrated and time-synchronized hardware platform for visual-inertial odometry applications, e.g. for UAV navigation in cluttered environments. It features a high-quality global shutter HDR stereoscopic camera and an industrial-grade inertial measurement system. A detailed spec-sheet can be found here.

The Early Adopter package includes:

- VI-Sensor (factory calibrated: intrinsic, spatial & temporal inter-sensor)

- Linux driver (ROS enabled)

- SDK with example code for working with image and IMU data in openCV and/or ROS 

- Ready for stereo visual odometry framework viso2 

- Power supply cable kit

- Access to the Wiki page 

- Driver and firmware updates

- VI-Sensor protection case


A detailed spec-sheet can be found here.


Price: EUR 3'900.00 (*)

The program addresses research groups around the world that are eager to get their hands on the sensor early.

If you are interested in receiving an Early Adopter quotation, please contact us via indicating your invoice and shipping address.

Please submit your purchase order until May 31th. Purchase orders received after this date cannot be taken into account for the Early Adopter Program.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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