Category Archives: SLAM

Indoor Localization Competition

This report appeared in Robotics Tomorrow. The Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition is a well-known annual benchmark for assessing many approaches to indoor localization. The purpose of the competition was to bring together real-time indoor location technologies and compare their performance … Continue reading

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Velodyne Targeting Auto Market with New Puck

Velodyne has been working with Ford for the past ten years on the use of lidar to support autonomous vehicle navigation. They just announced the ULTRA Puck™ VLP-32A, combining best-in-class performance with a small form factor and the high reliability … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Demo

For an interesting, inside look at the work that AutonomouStuff is doing with driverless vehicles have a look at the following video.

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Scanning Laser Glasses

This is not a new idea. It has been around for more than 15 years, but recently a Japanese company QD Laser demonstrated a prototype pair of glasses that use “retinal scanning laser eyewear technology.” What the glasses do is … Continue reading

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STENCIL Follow Up

I received additional info from AutonomouStuff on the real time SLAM sensor that I blogged about last week. The STENCIL can be purchased with a license for either localization or a license for mapping applications. Additionally, the STENCIL can be used without the need … Continue reading

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Affordable Real Time SLAM

Real Earth Stencil is a real time affordable SLAM device that seems to offer a lot of promise for indoor mapping applications and perhaps much more.

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Garmin Acquires Lidar Firm

I have followed Garmin since their beginning in the early days of consumer GPS. I find this acquisition to be very interesting. Garmin announced last week the acquisition of PulsedLight, Inc., a privately-held company founded in 2012 and designing optical … Continue reading

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Better Urban Trajectories

This is a highly technical paper, but it proposes an alternative approach to obtaining high accuracy trajectories for mobile lidar data collection that could be advantageous in urban settings. It combines stereo cameras with lidar and an IMU, but in … Continue reading

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Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

This is a good overview of the challenges facing companies like Velodyne that are hoping to move from the expensive ($75k) early adopter car mapping and navigation market to be a tier one parts supplier to the automotive industry. That … Continue reading

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Lidar Bees

Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York believe they can develop a micro – lidar that can be used as the eyes in robot bees. “Essentially, it’s the same technology that automakers are using to ensure that driverless … Continue reading

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