LiDAR Sensors On a Chip To Open Up More Mobile Solutions

The SPAR Point Group has put out a good article about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Department of Defense and their assistance in working to product LiDAR sensors on a chip without any mechanical way to change the direction of the laser,which up until now has hampered scanning due to the sensor size requirements with the mechanical movement.

It is supposed to sweep at 100,000 times a second, 10,000 times faster then current mechanical technology.  The main limitation is the scan range is only 51 degrees and does not have manufacturing precision levels yet.  I expect that future revisions of the technology will work to overcome the limitations in the future.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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