The Lighthouse is a compact wireless LiDAR solution designed for consumers and developers to integrate into any number of projects or used as a standalone platform in tandem with Android devices. The unit is plug-and-play ready, meaning users only need to connect it to their gadgets using Bluetooth, making it simple to get it up and running.
“We’ve designed Lighthouse for both consumers and developers by allowing users to immediately connect and start using Lighthouse right out of the box,” states Lighthouse creator Collin Preston. “Developers can integrate lighthouse into their Android projects with just 7 lines of code using our Lighthouse library or customize Lighthouse by connecting to the integrated Raspberry Pi!”
Beyond the Raspberry Pi Zero W, the Lighthouse is outfitted with a Class 1 laser and optical sensor that has a range of 120 to 3,500mm with a 1.8kHz sampling rate. It also packs a microSD memory card slot and a 2500mAh (20A) rechargeable battery with a five-hour runtime.
According to Preston, the Lighthouse can be used for any number of applications, including room and floor mapping, robot navigation/automation, security, virtual touchscreens, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), and social distancing projects. He's currently crowdfunding the wireless LiDAR on Kickstarter with pledges starting at $85, which gets you a single device with free shipping in the US only. It also has an expected delivery date of May.