Proximity Sensors and Range Finders

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Sharp distance sensors are inexpensive and easy to use, making them a popular choice for object detection and ranging. They typically have higher update rates and shorter maximum detection ranges than sonar range finders.

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Products in category “Proximity Sensors and Range Finders”

Pololu item #: 2490
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This sensor is a carrier/breakout board for ST’s VL53L0X laser-ranging sensor, which measures the range to a target object up to 2 m away. The VL53L0X uses time-of-flight measurements of infrared pulses for ranging, allowing it to give accurate results independent of the target’s color and surface. Distance measurements can be read through a digital I²C interface. The board has a 2.8 V linear regulator and integrated level-shifters that allow it to work over an input voltage range of 2.6 V to 5.5 V, and the 0.1″ pin spacing makes it easy to use with standard solderless breadboards and 0.1″ perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2489
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This sensor is a carrier/breakout board for ST’s VL6180X proximity and ambient light sensor, which measures the range to a target object up to 20 cm away (or 60 cm with reduced resolution). The VL6180X uses time-of-flight measurements of infrared pulses for ranging, allowing it to give accurate results independent of the target’s color and surface. Distance and ambient light level measurements can be read through a digital I²C interface. The board has a 2.8 V linear regulator and integrated level-shifters that allow it to work over an input voltage range of 2.7 V to 5.5 V, and the 0.1″ pin spacing makes it easy to use with standard solderless breadboards and 0.1″ perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2578
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This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This high-brightness version draws an average of 16 mA at 5 V and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 24 inches (60 cm).

Pololu item #: 2579
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This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This low-brightness version draws an average of 8 mA at 5 V and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 12 inches (30 cm).

Pololu item #: 2462
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The Vishay TSSP58038 is a modulated IR receiver that is designed specifically for sensing applications instead of data communication for remote control. Unlike most similar-looking units, it has a fixed gain that makes it respond more predictably and quickly to IR light modulated at 38 kHz. They are sold in packs of three units.

Pololu item #: 2463
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The Vishay TSSP58P38 is a unique modulated IR receiver that is designed for IR brightness detection instead of data communication for remote control. This sensor can be used with a 38 kHz modulated IR emitter and the appropriate algorithms to form a distance sensor with a range of up to a few feet. They are sold in packs of three units.

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