Stumbled on this article. I think it is great that the Rvr is getting exposure to the hacking community.
Wow I didn’t know that sensors like that were so affordable, I was expecting thousands for a good LIDAR array or depth sensing camera. I want to eventually overlay my map interface with sensor pings of nearby objects so this is certainly something on my radar. Thanks for sharing.
Nice find! Yes, the intel cameras are pretty great and not too expensive.
Another intel cam I can recommend is their T265 cam which tracks the pose in 3D using visual slam and loop closure, all processed inside the camera, so no beefy computer required:
Lidar’s are also getting more affordable, RPlidar sells one for around 100$, here’s a great example videos of using nothing more than the lidar to localize the robot and build 2D maps:
The RVR together with some pose tracking (either from the onboard odometry or through a T265) and an RGBD cam like the intel D435 (or D435i), even 3D pointcloud mapping and autonomous navigation could be done: