Onion Tau LiDAR Camera

An easy-to-use LiDAR camera that acts like a webcam for real-time 3D depth data

Jun 10, 2021

Shipping Underway & Getting Started Guide

We'll cut right to the chase: the Tau LiDAR Camera is now shipping! We're guessing you'll want to get up and running as soon as you get the Tau Camera, so we thought it would be a good idea to link to the Tau Camera Getting Started Guide. Read the full update.

May 26, 2021

Production Update

Hi everyone! We've been working away, heads down on getting the Tau Cameras produced and ready to ship. Here is a quick update on the progress. Spoiler alert: it's almost done! Read the full update.

Apr 19, 2021

Playback Recorded Depth Frames - No Tau Camera Needed

To make waiting for the hardware a little easier, we've put together an example program to render previously recorded depth frames on your computer right now, no Tau Camera needed! Read the full update.

Mar 29, 2021

Hackaday Review & Production Started

The good folks over at Hackaday have put together a review of the Tau LiDAR Camera. And we’re pleased to report that production of the Tau Camera is underway! Read the full update.

Mar 10, 2021

Multi-Camera Demo

After getting a few questions about using multiple Tau Cameras at the same time, we wanted to share with the whole community that it's 100% doable. We've made some resources available - an example program and a 360˚ 4-camera mount - so you can make your own multi-camera setup in no time! Read the full update.

Feb 25, 2021

Hackster Unboxing & Hands-On

Before getting into the update, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support of the Tau Camera! We will be gearing up to produce the Tau Cameras after the conclusion of the Lunar New Year holidays in early March. To tide you over in the meantime, Alex Glow of Hackster has put together a Tau Camera unboxing and hands-on video! Read the full update.

Feb 03, 2021

Campaign Ending Tomorrow!

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Tau LiDAR Camera. We’re now over 250% of the original goal! We can’t wait to see what you all do with your Tau Cameras! The campaign ends TOMORROW - 6:59 EST on February 4th! Read the full update.

Jan 29, 2021

All Tau Camera Resources in One Place

Hey everyone! With the campaign ending approaching soon, we thought now would be a good time to share all of the resources that are available for the Tau Camera! Read the full update.

Jan 21, 2021

3D-printed Mount Design Available

A design for a 3D printed mount for the Tau LiDAR Camera is now available! Read the full update.

Jan 14, 2021

An Explainer on the Different Types of LiDAR Devices

You've probably seen a few different types of consumer depth sensing devices with LiDAR or Time-of-Flight in their names. Let's explore the 3 most common types of devices, what they can measure, and when's best to use them! Read the full update.

Dec 28, 2020

An Explainer on Structured Light vs LiDAR for 3D Depth

What's the difference between 3D depth sensing with structured light scanning and LiDAR? What's better for which use case and why should we care? Read on and learn more about 3D depth mapping! Read the full update.

Dec 17, 2020

Campaign is Live!

The Onion Tau Camera is a 3D depth camera. It's like a regular webcam, except that it produces 3D depth data instead of color frames. It's USB-based, plug-and-play, and requires no additional computation to start producing depth data. So you can plug it into your computer with a USB cable and it will power on and start sending frames with depth measurements in real time. Read the full update.

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