October 08, 2013

Experimenting with home-made sonar devices

With an Arduino you can build and replicate or emulate a wide variety of devices, and one example of this has been demosntrated by Jan Muller with his home-made sonar device. It used an Arduino to control a servo or motor with an ultrasonic distance sensor attached. The distance and rotational position data is fed from the Arduino back to a PC running a processing app which can interpreter the data and create a retro radar/sonar style display, for example:

Although quite simple, it could be used for fun - and also more practical projects such as object-avoiding robots and so on. The code can be found here, and visit Google+ for more discussion. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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