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LiDAR rules the machine perception space!

Many machines need to be aware of the objects and spaces around them. This might be to detect when something arrives or leaves, to measure how high something is or to see how far away an obstacle is. It is the position of things relative to the machine that affects the decisions that the machine must make. Human centric visual characteristics are not important to a machine. It is the pure logical concepts of presence, absence and position that determine what actions must be taken. This is where lidar excels as it clearly identifies objects and can measure the spaces between them.

The curious case of conversion

Here’s a riddle: what gets lost every time you gain? The answer? Electrons and photons – when you’re converting electricity, that is.

Our new superhero microLiDAR Product – The SF45

We’ve been busy! In our quest to make your drone’s job easier so that you can get better results, we’ve developed two great new models; each offering an exciting range of possibilities.

For a start, there’s our SF000, the world’s smallest, lightest microLiDAR. Next up, there’s LightWare’s SF45.

The Science of LiDAR & Light Amplification

Even the least scientifically-minded people have at least some idea of amplification, thanks to the amps most of us have tucked away in the lounge. That said, turning a small sound into a larger one is rather a different matter to amplifying light.


Click here to register for the SF000 launch webinar and submit your entry to win. Lasers & Rainbows Think back to your school days. Do yo…

LightWare is going places

June was a particularly exciting month for LightWare, as we racked up two noteworthy global accolades: not only have we been named as finalists in the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards, we were also included in Silicon Valley’s Woodside Capital Partners’ roundup of 99 startups poised for growth.

Power play: Choosing the right laser for the job

You’ve surely heard the old adage: When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. That’s the complete antithesis of the laser spectrum: with colours ranging all the way from infrared to xray, and materials ranging from gas to liquid, the options are manifold. All of which means that instead of trying your best to make a solution fit your challenge, lasers can be manipulated, adjusted and tweaked to do just what you want them to do.

What, exactly, is a laser?

What, exactly, is a laser?

How is it possible that the same technology that is used to cut diamonds is popular for its ability to remove hair permanently, or even that this same technology can measure the distance to the moon?

That’s the ‘magic’ of a laser: its many and diverse characteristics – including the ability to generate light and heat energy, as well as its rapid speed and coherence or frequency stability, and the spectrum of colours available – means that the light amplifying qualities of lasers can be applied to solve a wide variety of problems.

Light Conversations: Where did LiDAR come from, and where is it heading?

It may surprise you to learn that, when laser first shot to prominence in the 1960s, there was no real use for it. Of course, nowadays, lasers have a place in almost every single piece of technology around – but, back then, they were more a product of a time of curiosity and imagination than usefulness and application. In fact, scientists from back then would probably be amazed if they saw how we use their invention today.

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