Robogaia rangefinder

Here’s an interesting implementation of an obstacle detector/rangefinder for robotics:

I backed this project.

The Robotics community needs to support lower cost mapping sensors.

Kinect is the closest thing available at this time but Micro$oft has other plans for the kinect than robotics.
Navigating obstacles is very difficult without a >$500 LIDAR.

DIYDrones has a good discussion about this sensor.

A kinect alternative is the asus xtion, but it’s still kind of pricy.

For those interested in a program that maps what is in front of a depth camera, such as the kinect: