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Ultrasonic Sensor on a Robot A robot without an ultrasonic sensor is blind. Ultrasonic sensors allow our robots to react to the world around them like we do with our eyes and ears. There are many types of ultrasonic sensors, and they provide your robot with new or improved senses. At MaxBotix Inc., we know how to best leverage ultrasonic sensors for their performance.

The ultrasonic sensor provides a great set of eyes for your robot’s autonomous navigation. Our ultrasonic sensors provide fast response times which allow your robot to respond quickly to the changing environments around it. Our ultrasonic sensors provide your robots with valuable information on the distance and direction to the target, for more information we recommend the following article: MaxBotix Ultrasonic Sensors Find Direction and Distance.

MaxBotix Inc., provides easy-to-use ultrasonic sensors that only require three wires for connection in many applications: power, ground, and one output. The ultrasonic sensors are also configured to allow you to easily add in more sensors for better coverage depending on the needs of your robot sensor. You can learn more on using more than one ultrasonic sensor by reading the following article: Using Multiple MaxSonar Ultrasonic Sensors.

Our ultrasonic sensors for robots interface over many communication protocols such as RS232, Pulse Width, Analog Voltage, TTL, and I2C. For some of the more robust robots, our 4-20mA sensor output may be an option as well. To learn more about this, we invite you to read Ultrasonic Sensor Output Options. You may also want to check out using an ultrasonic sensor to detect and avoid walls to help you get started.

Zumo Avoiding Robot arduino and EZ0 MaxSonar


Get Started with Your Ultrasonic Sensor

To get started using your ultrasonic sensor, check out the ultrasonic sensors below to help you build the ultimate robot. They're fast, accurate, low-cost and easy-to-use.


Ultrasonic Sensor - XL-MaxSonar-EZHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - XL-MaxSonar®-EZ™. The industrial XL‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors are high performance ultrasonic sensors with high power output, noise rejection, auto calibration, and factory calibrated beam patterns. The XL‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors have three outputs: analog voltage, serial, & pulse width. Advanced users are encouraged to view the XL‑MaxSonar‑AE sensors which feature analog voltage, serial, & a real‑time analog envelope waveform outputs. To view all the products in the XL-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors Product line click here.


Ultrasonic Sensor - HRLV-MaxSonar-EZHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ. The high resolution HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ senors are high performance ultrasonic sensors with noise rejection, improved automatic calibration, and factory calibrated beam patterns. The HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors have three outputs: Analog Voltage, Pulse Width, RS232 or TTL serial data. The HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ products are high resolution ultrasonic sensors, that provide a component module solution that offers easy to use outputs, no sensor dead zone, calibrated beam patterns, stable range readings, low power demands, and a host of other features detailed in the product datasheets. To view all the products in the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors Product line click here.


Ultrasonic Sensor - HRUSB-MaxSonar-EZHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - HRUSB-MaxSonar®-EZ™. The HRUSB-MaxSonar-EZ ultrasonic sensors feature an easy to use USB interface that connects directly to a computer with a standard Micro-B USB cable. The HRUSB‑MaxSonar‑EZ sensors detect objects in a calibrated detection zone and report when an object (such as a person) enters the detection zone. The target is released after leaving the HRUSB‑MaxSonar‑EZ detection zone. The HRUSB‑MaxSonar‑EZ ultrasonic sensor provides a component module solution that offers easy integration with USB connectivity, no sensor dead zone, calibrated beam patterns, stable range readings, and a host of other features. To view all the products in the HRUSB-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors Product line click here.


Ultrasonic Sensor - LV-MaxSonar-EZHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - LV-MaxSonar®-EZ™. The original LV‑MaxSonar‑EZ products were the first low cost ultrasonic distance sensors to provide a component module solution that offered easy to use outputs, no sensor dead zone, calibrated beam patterns, stable range readings, low power demands, and a host of other features detailed in the product datasheets. As a result, our component modules have found a wide acceptance in the robotics community, and have also been integrated into a number of industrial solutions including: proximity sensors for store displays, high speed sensors for vending machines, remote monitoring sensors for parking monitors, and distance sensors used to evaluate people's height. To view all the products in the LV-MaxSonar-EZ Sensors Product line click here.


Ultrasonic Sensor - XL-MaxSonar-WRHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - XL-MaxSonar®-WR™. The industrial outdoor XL‑MaxSonar‑WR sensors have a robust PVC housing designed to meet IP67 water intrusion. The sensors provide short to long distance detection and ranging with a narrow beam pattern. The XL‑MaxSonar‑WR outdoor ultrasonic sensors have high power output, noise rejection, auto calibration, and factory calibrated beam patterns. Users should select a sensor with their outputs of choice and reading filtering that matches their application. Models are available with analog voltage output, serial digital output, pulse width output (select models), & real-time analog envelope output (select models). To view all the products in the XL-MaxSonar-WR Sensors Product line click here.


Ultrasonic Sensor - HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WRHigh Performance Ultrasonic Sensor - HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR™. The industrial high resolution outdoor HRXL-MaxSonar-WR sensors have a robust PVC housing designed to meet IP67 water intrusion. The sensors provide short to long distance detection and ranging with a narrow beam pattern. The HRXL-MaxSonar-WR outdoor ultrasonic sensors have high power output, noise rejection, auto calibration, temperature compensation, and factory calibrated beam patterns. Users should select a sensor with their outputs of choice and that matches their application. Models are available with analog voltage output, RS232 Serial output (select models) or TTL Serial output (select models), and pulse width output. To view all the products in the HRXL-MaxSonar-WR Sensors Product line click here.


Once you have your ultrasonic sensor, you can start testing by using our Quick Start Guide.

 
 
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Full Horn Housing MaxBotix offers an expanded range of packaging options for many of our sensors. Each option provides unique benefits to certain mounting integrations. This article provides a brief overview of each option.
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Author: Scott Wielenberg  Date: 07-18-2016
Sensor is Tested When providing support, our technical support team may determine that further testing at our facility is the best way to help resolve the issue that you are facing. At this point, they will start the Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) process. This article will explain what you can expect as your ultrasonic sensor travels through our RMA process.
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Author: Scott Wielenberg  Date: 07-11-2016
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one of the options for outputs On April 19th, we welcomed our supporters to join us for the Grand Opening of the Build Out. Bob and Nita Gross gave a tour of the build out and their vision for the space. We continue to be in awe of the support from our community, our employees, our distributors, and our customers. Thank you for the many years of support, and we look forward to serving you in the years to come.
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