VL6180X IC, based on ST's patented FlightSense technology Measures distance by calculating photon time of flight Sensor consists of IR emitter, ambient light sensor and range sensor Equally sensitive to all objects regardless of color and reflectivity Can use either 3.3V or 5V power supply
LightRanger click is a proximity sensor carrying ST's VL6180X IC. This chip is based on their patented FlightSense technology: the sensor — consisting of an IR emitter, ambient light sensor, and range sensor — calculates distance by measuring the time it takes for a photon to travel to the nearest object and back (Time of Flight). This makes it much more reliable than other types of proximity sensors.
Conventional IR proximity sensors derive distance by measuring the amount of light reflected, which can vary greatly depending on the color and reflectivity of an object. The VL6180X, however, works with all objects regardless of their color or reflectivity.
Within a 10cm range, LightRanger click can produce fairly precise measurements. Beyond 10cm, up to about 20cm, it isn't as precise but still works as a good detector.
LightRanger click communicates with your target board's MCU through mikroBUS I2C pins (SCL, SDA), with additional interrupt (INT) and enable (EN, in place of default mikroBUS CS pin).
A solder jumper allows you to set the module for 3.3V or 5V power supply. It is in the 3.3V position by default.
Note: The picture shows the board with through-hole headers. The board now comes populated with male pin headers already soldered for your convenience. The board's user manual has yet to be updated to remove the soldering instructions.
mikroBUS Click Boards Overview Click boards plug directly into a mikroBUS socket. mikroBUS is a specially designed plug-and-play pinout standard. The sockets are found on Clicker boards, the Flip & Click Arduino/Python-compatible board, the Quail board, these mikromedia shields, the Microchip Curiosity board, and development systems from mikroElektronika (V7 systems and later).
You also can connect Click boards to many other popular platforms via these adapters:
- PC — Click USB Adapter (MIKROE-1433)
- Arduino — Arduino UNO click shield (MIKROE-1581) or Arduino Mega click shield (MIKROE-1900)
- Raspberry Pi — Pi click shield (MIKROE-1512) or Pi 2 click shield (MIKROE-1879)
- BeagleBone Black — BeagleBone click shield (MIKROE-1596) or mikroBUS Cape (MIKROE-1857)
- STM32F3 Discovery — STM32F3 Discovery Shield (MIKROE-1447)
- STM32F4 Discovery — STM32F4 Discovery Shield (MIKROE-1481)
- Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad / Tiva TM4C123G LaunchPad — Click BOOSTER PACK (MIKROE-1363)
- Freescale Freedom — FRDM-KL46Z click shield (MIKROE-1795) or FRDM-K64F click shield (MIKROE-1794)
In addition, it is royalty-free to add mikroBUS to your own designs. Visit the mikroBUS Category to see the full line of Click boards.
Proximity Sensor Add-on Module Resources