Greg Watts

High Performance Distance Measurement Sensors Module

by from Terabee

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High-performance, long-range distance measurement sensors based on infrared time-of-flight technology. The fastest, smallest and lightest sensors.

About this Solution:

TeraRanger sensors are lightweight, high-performance distance measurement sensors based on infrared Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology. They are much faster than ultrasound and far smaller and lighter than laser-based systems. Their small size, high performance and low power consumption make them ideal for modern robotic applications, drone operations and automation, whilst their cost-effectiveness also makes them suitable for high volume usage as well as powerful research and DIY applications.


  • Principle: Time-of-Flight
  • Range: Up to 14m (At least 5 to 6m outdoors)
  • Range resolution: 5mm
  • Accuracy: ±40mm (in precision mode, 50 to 100mm in fast mode)
  • Field of view: 3°
  • Update rate: 1000Hz (in speed mode, up to 600Hz in precision mode)
  • Supply voltage: 12V DC recommended (10 to 20V DC accepted)
  • Supply current: 50mA average (110mA peak @12V)


  • Interface 1: UART, +5V level, up to 115200,8,N,1. (Factory default when shipped)
  • Interface 2: TWI (I2C compatible). +5V level. (Firmware available on request)
  • Expansion: SDK available
  • Connector: 15 pin DF13

Ease of use:

The sensors are Plug n' Play ready with calibrated distance values streamed in mm via UART/USB. There is also a ROS node for Robot Operating System. Optional USB and I2C adapters are available for ease of connection. For multi-sensor applications the TeraRanger Hub allows you to connect up to 8 sensors and stream an array of distance values in mm from any direction you need. An On-Screen Display product is also available for drone users, allowing up to 8 distance values to be displayed in parallel with your live video feed on your drone controller. It's perfect for precision flight and obstacle avoidance.

Certifications Acquired:

  • CERN Technology
  • CERN spin-off

Potential Applications:

Use TeraRanger sensors in all applications where you need rapid, long-range distance values, such as:

  • Robotics navigation and collision avoidance
  • Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  • Drone operations - Precision altimeter, localization, collision avoidance, autonomous flight
  • Industrial automation

Hundreds of customers globally are using TeraRanger sensors for research, education, robotics, drones and automation and for building the products of tomorrow. With a deep understanding of distance measurement techniques, technologies and solutions we are the partner of choice for many organisations looking to explore new opportunities for distance measurement and object detection.

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This Solution is most applicable for the following stages and categories:

  • Brainstorming an idea
  • Proof of concept
  • Working prototype
  • Design for manufacturability
  • Wearables
  • Industrial Applications
  • Sports Devices
  • Toys & Games
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Tech Accessories
  • Auto Applications
  • Health Devices
  • Robotics, Drones, Automation

Brought to you by Greg

Commercial Manager at Terabee
Proud to be taking the smallest, lightest and fastest time-of-flight distance measurement sensors to market for advanced automation, robotics and drone operations. Terabee provides innovative ...
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