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Adafruit VL6180X Time of Flight Distance Ranging Sensor - 5-200 mm

The sensor contains a very tiny laser source, and a matching sensor. The VL6180X can detect the "time of flight", or how long the laser light has taken to bounce back to the sensor. Since it uses a very narrow light source, it is good for determining distance of only the surface directly in front of it. Range is 5 to 200 mm.
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Weight: 7 g
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Unlike sonars that bounce ultrasonic waves, the 'cone' of sensing is very narrow. Unlike IR distance sensors that try to measure the amount of light bounced, the VL6180X is much more precise and doesn't have linearity problems or 'double imaging' where you can't tell if an object is very far or very close. The sensor is small and easy to use in any robotics or interactive project. Since it needs 2.8V power and logic it's mounted on a breakout board with a regulator and level shifting. You can use it with any 3-5V power or logic microcontroller with no worries. Communicating to the sensor is done over I2C with some simple commands.