Encoders are a key component in many automated systems. Your car has encoders to track speed and engine RPMs. Your computer has encoders which make your platter drives work, Roombas use encoders to know where they are and drive in straight lines, and if you lived through the 90s, your trackball mouse used two of them to determine where the mouse was moved. This article is designed to educate technically-minded readers on the basic workings of encoders, and some of the key differences that separate various types of encoders.Read More
It is no secret that self-driving cars have gone from an idea to an arms race in recent years. All over the globe, companies are competing to win market-share in a growing multi-trillion dollar industry. Almost every self-driving car in existence today utilizes one or more LiDAR sensors to help build an accurate picture of its surroundings. These sensors, which have been in use since the 1960’s, have traditionally played a major role in space travel, robotics, surveying, industrial safety, mining, and many other industries.
This article is written to give industry professionals a broad overview of the theory, strengths, and limitations of LiDAR so that they can determine when LiDAR is a good choice for an engineered system.Read More