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canonicaltom

Member Since: December 10, 2007

Country: United States

Profile

Bio

Scientific instrument designer

Role

Research technician

Organizations

University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Expertise

Analog circuit design, electron and optical microscopy, instrumentation design and manufacture, chemical process engineering.

  • Incidentally, there are no carrier restrictions preventing SparkFun from shipping batteries to Alaska or Hawaii now, but they still don't. There are plenty of great eBay sellers for lithium batteries these days, though.

  • As someone who has been using this device for several months, I should probably mention that their SDK supports not only Windows and Linux (including the RPi and Jetson Nano), but MacOS. Development is pretty easy. You receive frames of data describing the distance measured for each sample, along with the angular position, over a regular serial interface. The dongle included is just a USB to serial interface, which I personally don't use. Their github is here:

    https://github.com/Slamtec/rplidar_sdk

  • The hazard warning is nice, but there doesn't appear to be another power supply that outputs a fixed +/-15v. So there may not be another choice.

No public wish lists :(