If you’re a Remotasker or someone interested in working with Remotasks, you might have heard of people talking about “LIDAR tasks.” Well, we’ve all heard of “radar” from popular media, our favorite shows, some movies, and even games. But LIDAR? Is this some form of secret code?
Not necessarily! Remember, our work in Remotasks involves identifying, labelling, and annotating various objects in different images and scenes. Our Taskers who work with 3D environments will likely encounter tasks that tackle LIDAR. So what exactly is it?
LIDAR or Light Detecting and Ranging - is a kind of remote sensing method that allows users to examine a surface and its elements through light. Unlike radar that uses electromagnetic pulses to detect objects, LIDAR uses pulsed lasers.
Technically-speaking, LIDAR systems work with three components:
Thanks to the accuracy of LIDAR, it’s currently used in a ton of interesting ways today. Some uses of LIDAR range from general to very specific, including:
Interestingly, LIDAR also has uses for us people who rely on consumer electronics. On our end, we use LIDAR for:
In terms of our projects in Remotasks, we're often tapped to help out companies and teams with their efforts to apply LIDAR to future consumer tech that involves autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars and delivery robots).
This means we're actually helping out AI systems learn more about what they interact in the road through things we analyze with their LIDAR scans.
If you’re interested in trying your hand in these tasks, you can join us in Remotasks with a free account! You just need to sign up in the Remotasks website!