With only a few pieces of hardware and some cleven coding you can accomplish all sorts of things, and one example of this has been demonstrated by Faewiz who has created a neat radar system based around an Arduino.
The hardware is quite simple - an inexpsensive ultrasonic distance senors is rotated using a servo, and the distance measurements returned to a PC via USB and fed into a custom processing sketch. This interprets the data and generates a radar screen which shows any objects that have been detected during each sweep of the sensor. You can see it in action through the following video:
If you're interested in doing this yourself, the sketch, code and notes can be found on the project website. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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