Onion Omega2 is a tiny WiFi board running OpenWrt that launched for as low as $5 via a crowdfunding campaign around 2 years ago, and at the time I reviewed Onion Omega2+ board – which comes with more memory and storage – together with its dock, and I found it was fairly easy to get started with the solution.
You can now buy the board for a little over $10, but the company also offers kits, and their latest product is Omega2 wireless LIDAR kit with an indoor 360˚ 2D LiDAR scanner that uses rotating laser ranging to measure and map exact distances to indoor surroundings.
The kit is comprised of the following items:
- Onion Omega2+ board with MediaTek MT7688 MIPS processor, 128MB RAM, 32MB flash
- Power Dock 2 with 30-pin expansion header and USB host port
- Delta2B 360˚ LiDAR Scanner
- Up to 5000 samples/second
- Range – 0.2 to 8 meters
- Scan Rate – 4 ~ 10 Rotation/Sec
- Laser – Wavelength: 780nm, power: 3mW max
- Resolution – 0.25mm
- Accuracy – ~1% @ 8m
- Safety – Complies with FDA Class I standards, non-hazardous to human eyes
- LiDAR control board + cable
- 2x Micro USB cables
You’ll need to power Omega2+ and the LIDAR control board with your own batteries or power supply, as shown above.
The company provides a Windows LiDAR Visualization software, detailed LIDAR specifications/documentation, various scripts, and sample code written in Python in a Github repo, as well as a Quick Start Guide.
Omega2 wireless LIDAR kit is sold for $199 including shipping on Onion online store.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.