What is the USB2LDS?
The USB2LDS is a board that makes it easy to use a Neato LDS (the LIDAR from the Neato XV-11, XV-25, etc… vacuum-cleaner robots) with a PC. It plugs into the PC through a USB Micro cable and has ports for the LDS and its motor.
Virtual serial COM port @ 115200 baud
Integrated PID to keep the motor turning at precisely the desired speed
Powered from USB, and it powers both the sensor part and the motor.
Secondary power input for the motor if you don't want it to be powered from USB
Open source and hackable, GPIO pins available
Plug the two connectors of the Neato LDS Lidar on one end, a USB cable on the other.
Open the serial port that has been created with a baudrate of 115200. The motor will start turning and data flowing. It is however NOT human readable, you need a library to decode it and use it.
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How to buy?
Right now, I only assemble boards on demand, so drop me an email at email@example.com.
Price is 30 USD / 30 EUR.
Shipping is 5 EUR for France, 10 EUR for Europe and 15 USD for the rest of the world.
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