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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Pranav R., Jul 29, 2014.

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  1. Pranav R.

    Pranav R.

    Jul 29, 2014
    hey guys,
    ive been working on a project that requires a distance measurement technology having range upto 400 mts and costing less than $100..(more or less would work) ultrasound wont work
    suggest something in lasers or any new technology...
    thank u
  2. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    hi there
    welcome to EP
    yup not likely to work over 100m let alone 400m

    what searching have you done on the www so far?
    do some searching on "laser range finding"
    the prices will be dependant on the accuracy you want. for $100 you may get down to a few cm's
    Gear I work with and repair gets down to 1mm but costs in excess of $35,000

  3. GreenGiant


    Feb 9, 2012
    I have been running into this same problem, I know of only a few range finders that will work over the 100m mark, though I have found a few in the 200m range, so if you can place 2 one on either side you could probably get that to work...

    The only problem is that they are around $1,200 each, you really are asking for a lot here.
    What do you need it for?
    Whats your application?
  4. Pranav R.

    Pranav R.

    Jul 29, 2014
    i want to use it in automobiles for some project
    any thing other than lasers dat i can use fr distance measurement??
    thank u for ur views
  5. Pranav R.

    Pranav R.

    Jul 29, 2014
    any ideas other than lasers that would be reasonably prised and used for long range distance measurement??
  6. shrtrnd


    Jan 15, 2010
    Nothing, for less than $100.
  7. Pranav R.

    Pranav R.

    Jul 29, 2014
  8. BobK


    Jan 5, 2010
    From the 3D Robotics site:

  9. Laplace


    Apr 4, 2010
    You could build something for radio frequency ranging to measure the phase delay of a modulated carrier wave. The base station would transmit on a channel with an amplitude modulated tone. The mobile station would return the AM tone on a different channel. The phase delay of the tone would indicate the round trip transmission distance. The RF carrier propagates 1 meter in 3.3 nsec so the total round trip delay at 400 meters would be 2.7 μsec. The phase delay at maximum range needs to be less than one full cycle, so the maximum modulation frequency would have a period equal to the round trip delay, i.e., the maximum modulation frequency is 370 KHz. As the modulation frequency decreases, so does the potential accuracy. Just count up the nanoseconds and convert it to meters. Any time delay within the transmitter/receiver circuitry itself would need to be adjusted for at a known distance. Don't know what laws may apply to transmission of a carrier wave with ultrasonic tone modulation.
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