Bend-based PulsedLight’s first product is LIDAR-Lite, a small sensor that makes high performance distance measurements at low cost. If you’ve heard of LIDAR before (it’s short for “light radar,” a method of measuring distance by illuminating a target and analyzing the reflection), it might have been as the robust mapping sensor on the top of Google’s self driving cars that cost as much as the car itself, or as an often used tool at NASA.
LIDAR-Lite brings the technology into the hands of makers, who are consistently developing a wide array of applications. It plugs into open source controller platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi and retails for $89. PulsedLight CTO Bob Lewis developed the proprietary algorithm, running on chips made in Oregon, that makes this high performance possible while keeping costs affordable for a new audience.