For our last release of 2019, we have a new RPLIDAR from Slamtec, a new FLIR Dev Kit, four new cases for your Raspberry Pi 4 and two Zio Qwiic sensors. And a partridge in a pear tree.
Good tidings to you and yours! This week we have a lot of new products, so let's dive in and check them out.
The RPLIDAR S1 is the next generation, low cost, 360-degree 2D laser scanner (LIDAR) solution developed by SLAMTEC. It can take up to 9200 samples of laser ranging per second with high rotation speed. Equipped with SLAMTEC-patented OPTMAG technology, it goes above and beyond the lifespan limitations of traditional LIDAR systems.
With the FLIR Radiometric Lepton® Dev Kit V2, you will be able to bring FLIR's thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi or any ARM-based development tool, all in an easy-to-access, breadboard-friendly package. This kit includes a breakout as well as the Lepton® 2.5 longwave infrared (LWIR) imager. All you need to do to get this kit set up is attach the Lepton® imager module to the provided breakout, connect the headers, and you will be seeing in full darkness in no time!
Why use a heatsink and a case when you can use a heatsink case?! These red, purple, green and blue anodised aluminium cases for the Raspberry Pi 4 will give you 10-15°C of passive cooling under a full CPU load. These cases are great for situations where you want completely silent cooling, like home media centers. Make sure to check out all of our aluminum heatsink case color options!
Last up this week, we have two new Qwiic boards from our friends over at Zio! The first is a 128x128 Qwiic OLED board and the second is a Qwiic sound detector! Make sure to check them both out if you are adding to your Qwiic project!
That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!
3d lidar units are very expensive. However Intel has a new realsense L515 lidar unit that will have 3d capability coming out in late April. The other Intel realsense cameras like the realsense D435 are amazing as well.
Two comments: First, I saw something about one of Tesla's competitors announcing a pickup truck that can turn in its own length -- because it has an independant motor for each wheel. Seems like that capability might be good for your demo -- too bad the price mentioned was $60K...
Second, I sure hope that Waymo (and that ilk) are using ladar units that aren't as "vertically challenaged" as this one -- but then again, I'm sure thiers are WAY mo[re] expen$ive! (My big complaint with Waymo is that they're not covering my part of Phoenix... yet. Still stuck dodging other cars in my Dodge... :-)