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high range ultrasound sensors?

Apr 25 2009 | 11:12 am


i am currently experimenting with ultrasound sensors in maxmsp to meassure the distance to the viewer of the screen.

I am using the ping))) sensor and i am quite content with the data meassured in the near area but if i move further away (more than 2 meters) the data becomes extremly inaccurate.

Are there any other sensors which work in greater distances? My desired range would be (30cm to 5m)


Apr 25 2009 | 2:04 pm



I have experience with Maxbotix, and can testify they’re good.
You will need some code in the microcontroller or in MaxMsp to filter out the noise and make the reading more precise,
as the raw readings are usually a bit noisy.

If you need more stable and precise readings even at greater distances, go with the infrared.
Sharp has put out a new model with the super easytouse analog output going up to 5 meters: GP2Y0A710K0F
On this page you find other Sharp IR sensors with different outputs and distance ranges.

I used the shorter version up to 150cm and was really pleased with the stability and precision of the readings,
much better that the ultrasonic shizz I must say.

Notice that while ultrasound has a wide "sensing ray",
infrared uses a much thinner "line",
so if your sensing area is too wide you may risk to miss your subject.

Hope this helps,

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