Adafruit VL6180X Time of Flight Distance Ranging Sensor (VL6180)
Updated in 2020 with 0.7" x 1.0" STEMMA QT standard, included 4 mounting holes and 2 STEMMA QT connectors for plug and play
Detects the "time of flight", or how long the laser light has taken to bounce back to the sensor.
'Little sister' of the Adafruit VL53L0X ToF sensor - handles about 5mm to 100mm of range distance
Ready to work with most common microcontrollers or SBCs
The VL6180X is a Time of Flight distance sensor like no other you've used! The sensor contains a very tiny laser source, and a matching sensor. Since it uses a very narrow light source, it is good for determining distance of only the surface directly in front of it. The 'cone' of sensing is very narrow, unlike sonar. It 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 like an IR distance sensors that measure the amount of light bounced. It also includes a small and easy to use in any robotics or interactive project, lux sensor. Since it needs 2.8V power and logic, its on a breakout board with a regulator and level shifting. You can use it with any 3-5V power or logic microcontroller. Works great with the 3.3V logic level of a Feather or Raspberry Pi, or the 5v level of a Metro 328 or Arduino Uno. Since it speaks I2C, you can easily connect it up with two data wires plus power and ground.
As if that weren't enough, the SparkFun qwiic compatible STEMMA QT connectors for the I2C bus were added so you don't even need to solder. Just wire up to your favorite micro with a plug-and-play cable to get 6-DoF data ASAP. For a no-solder experience, just wire up to your favorite micro, like the STM32F405 Feather using a STEMMA QT adapter cable.
Item Specifics Size: 20.5mm x 18.0mm x 3.0mm / 0.8" x 0.7" x 0.1" Weight: 1.4g / 0.0oz