The Making of PX-80: the World’s First Handheld LiDAR Scanner with Color Data

PX-80 Background Paracosm has been at the forefront of SLAM-based 3D-mapping since the company’s founding in 2013. In the ensuing years, they’ve racked up an impressive resume: helping Google develop the dense 3D-mapping engine on the Project Tango smartphone, receiving iRobot’s first corporate VC investment, and most recently being acquired by spatial computing powerhouse Occipital (makers of the Structure Sensor). […]

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Nikon Corporation Invests $25 Million in Velodyne Lidar

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Velodyne), the inventor and leader of the lidar sensor industry for autonomous vehicles (AV), today announced Nikon Corporation (Nikon) as a new strategic investor with an investment of $25M. This is certainly a vote of confidence in Velodyne’s technology. The parties further announced they have begun discussions for a multifaceted business alliance. Nikon is […]

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Zeroing In on the Market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Velodyne LiDAR Announces New Puck LITE

MORGAN HILL, CALIF. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 22, 2016 Aiming at the burgeoning market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Velodyne LiDARtoday unveiled its new Puck LITE™ — at 590 grams, the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor. Puck LITE will make its public debut on Feb. 22 at ILMF, the International LiDAR Mapping Forum, in Denver (Velodyne LiDAR Stand #30). International LiDAR Mapping […]

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HERB Gets a New Eye

Background HERB 2.0, also known as the “robot butler”, is an ongoing project in the Personal Robotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Velodyne’s Frank Bertini recently had the opportunity to visit CMU and experiment with integrating the VLP-16 Puck LiDAR sensor onto HERB’s head. David Butterworth, a graduate student at the CMU Robotics Institute, has been hypothesizing and testing […]

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