Laser Range Finder

HOKUYO laser range finders are widely used in research and can typically be found in automation, automated guided vehicles, security devices and next generation robots.

Laser range finders calculate distances from objects by utilising a laser beam. Using this principle, they can also detect any obstacles that may lie in their path. The available laser range finders from Active Robots include products from manufacturers such as Hokuyo and Parallax.

Based in the United States, Parallax are renowned within the robotics industry for producing high-quality products such as microcontrollers and sensors. The Parallax Laser Range Finder is ideal for those on a budget and does not compromise on quality despite the lower price, comprising as it does of a Propellor processor, CMOS Camera and laser diode. It can calculate distances within an optimum range of 15 centimetres to a metre, although it can measure over two metres at its maximum.

The laser range finders produced by Hokuyo are widely employed in the field of research and can often be found in automation, automated guided vehicles, next generation robots and also in a number of security devices.

There are a number of range finders available from Hokuyo to suit a variety of budgets. The Hokuyo Laser Range Finder UBG-05LN is suitable for use on automated guided vehicles, in addition to robots, security devices and automation. It can calculate distances within an area up to five metres in length and four metres in width. The URG-04LX-UG01 model is the smallest and the lightest of the Hokuyo collection of range finders and is ideally suited for use in mobile robotic applications. A great value choice, the URG-04LX-UG01 is perfect for utilisation in battery-operated vehicles.

The Hokuyo UTM-30LX is a top-of-the-range laser range finder that has been specially designed for use in intelligent robotics applications. Compact and lightweight, this model is highly accurate and can calculate distances in a very large range, up to 30 metres in length. The UTM-30LX comes complete with diagnostic software and a sensor cable.