Automatica 2018 – See what’s new!

After winning the Automation category of Startup World at Automatica 2016, Terabee returns this year with a whole new sensor family and leaner ways for robots and machinery to sense, monitor and navigate in their environment, or work in greater harmony with the people around them.

Two years ago, it was the TeraRanger brand of 2D and 3D distance sensors that created so much attention at Automatica for the new ways in which they enabled robot navigation and collision avoidance based on multi-axis, solid-state LiDAR. Max Ruffo, Terabee CEO remembers, “After Automatica 2016, we witnessed an incredible interest in our technology and increase in orders. More than ever, at that moment, it was clear to us that Terabee addresses an evident gap in the market for smaller, lighter-weight and lower-cost distance and ranging sensors.”

Since then Terabee has released 5 new products, including its new generation sensing platform, TeraRanger Evo. Max continues, “With the Evo distance sensor, we created a unique design that separates the optical sensor from the power and communication functions. This has allowed us to create multiple versions of the sensor and to adopt a Lego-like approach where the user can easily build arrays of sensors to create selective point-clouds. In time, more Evo sensors will be launched, each with different performance attributes, allowing customers to choose, and even mix n’ match, the sensors best suited to meet their application demands.

All this supports a concept we call, ‘Lean Sensing’. Lean sensing challenges the preconception that the more data you gather the more robust your systems will be, and instead advocates collection of only the data you really need and not more. By reducing complexity you can reduce potential failure modes and implement computationally lighter systems. We’ll be showcasing our sensors and our ‘lean sensing’ concept on booth 128C, Hall 5. Come along to discover what’s new and how we can help solve your sensing and perception needs.

Terabee to exhibit at one of the largest unmanned systems shows, AUVSI XPONENTIAL, Denver May 2018!

Coming to North America for the first time, Terabee has chosen the AUVSI XPONENTIAL show to showcase its TeraRanger brand of 2D and 3D distance sensors!

Max Ruffo, CEO of Terabee explains: “Since we launched our first distance sensor in 2014, we have seen incredible interest from North America, including well-known academic institutions, larger organizations and established distributors in the field of robotics”. Terabee has just launched their new sensing platform, TeraRanger Evo, that has a unique modular design for using multiple sensors and an easy-to-use approach to movement digitization. Max continues, “We are excited to meet existing customers at XPONENTIAL as well as the many people who may not have seen what we do and what makes us different. We look forward to showing lighter and leaner ways for robots to sense and move within their environment, be it on the ground, or in the air.”

Terabee will be at the XPONENTIAL Innovation Hub, on 3133B. Come and talk to us!

Terabee presented its TeraRanger sensors at the iREX show for robotics in Tokyo, Japan

Time of flight distance Sensors

Terabee presented its TeraRanger sensors at the iREX show for robotics in Tokyo, Japan, November 29th to December 2nd. It was our first time at iREX, one of the biggest shows globally for mobile and industrial robotics, with a reported 130,000 visitors across the four days!

The distinctive design of the yellow and black TeraRanger sensors never failed to draw a crowd where the response to our products was outstandingly positive. iREX was also the first robotics show at which we had presented our latest distance sensor, TeraRanger Evo. Weighing from just 9 grams, TeraRanger Evo can reach distances of up to 60m using LED technology rather than laser! By using LED rather than laser we can give the sensor a “Field of View” so that, rather than measuring distance based on a very small point of light, the sensor measures over an area. (At 1m distance the area is approximately 3cm by 3cm. At 10m it is approximately 30cm by 30cm, increasing linearly with range.) For many applications, especially in robotics, this is a significant advantage and provides a more appropriate and stable data stream. In addition to TeraRanger Evo, we also showed the TeraRanger Hub, with its unique plug and play modularity for using multiple sensors to create selective point clouds.
Having returned from iREX our team is now busy processing the sales leads and planning our 2018 events schedule.

Terabee presents smart sensors for Smart Cities at Smart City Expo, Barcelona November 2017!

Terabee technology (branded TeraRanger) is a modular and flexible sensing platform delivering high performance at lower cost. Born for robotics, and now supporting many smart city applications, Terabee is showcasing its sensors for Smart Cities and solutions from November 14th to 16th 2017 at Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. The show brings together more than 700 cities and its representatives to tackle urban challenges and generate innovative opportunities. Terabee will be showing how to achieve more with less!

TeraRanger technology is ideal for: presence, proximity and position sensing; object recognition, counting, profiling, distance, speed and velocity sensing and for applications such as people counting, vehicle counting and profiling, smart lighting, smart parking and many more applications!

Discover our small size, high performance, low-cost 2D and 3D sensors and solutions, and how these can be easily organized, optimized and industrialized to meet specific smart city application needs.

Key Features

  • Single-pixel and multi-pixel (3D)
  • Powerful performance – up to 60 meter range; up to 1000 readings per second
  • Typical weight of a sensor – 8 to 12 grams
  • Plug and play simplicity – Use one sensor, or many on a single power and data board
  • Support for LoRA, SigFox, WiFi, Bluetooth…
  • Customizable power supply, connectors, IP67 enclosures…

We welcome collaboration from smart city partners looking for innovation in sensing and intelligence. Our expertise includes optical Time-of-Flight, thermal, radar, ‘indoor GPS’ and sensor fusion. Book your meeting, or for more information contact us [email protected].



“Presence, Proximity & Distance Sensing for Smart City: Small, fast and lightweight single-pixel and multi-pixel sensors for People or Vehicle Counting, Smart Lighting, Smart Parking and many more smart city applications.”

Presenting an industry view at SPIE

June 27th, 2017, Munich, Germany: Once again, Terabee is invited to present at another high-profile industry event. This time, Terabee CEO, Max Ruffo is presenting Optical sensors for robotics and automotive applications – An industrial perspective at SPIE, Munich. SPIE is the world-renowned international society for optics and photonics and their conferences are attended by leading figures in both academia and industry.

Max Ruffo comments; “It is an honour to be asked to present by organisations such as SPIE and IROS (the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, widely regarded as the leading conference on robotics globally). Clearly, as a sensor and sensing solutions company at the forefront of optical sensors, we have a very direct and tangible experience to share, not only from a technology standpoint, but from a commercial one too. Photonics and their application in the field of robotics, automation and the growing sectors of IoT and smart connected devices is moving very quickly and we are pleased to share our experience and to participate in these conferences.”

For more information about Terabee and its TeraRanger solutions, please visit or contact [email protected].


Optical sensors for robotics Terabee

See us – simultaneously – in Lyon, April 2017

We are very comfortable with simultaneous activities, whether it is our sensors monitoring multiple axis, or attending trade shows! From April 4th to 7th 2017 we’ll be in Lyon, France, simultaneously showcasing our TeraRanger sensors and solutions at INDUSTRIE and SIdO!INDUSTRIE is the premier European event for production technologies while SIdO is an international showroom solely dedicated to the Internet of Things. Come and see our small size, high-speed and lower-cost 2D & 3D distance sensing solutions and the vital role they can play in the 4th industrial revolution, IoT, smart systems and many other robotics and automation applications! TeraRanger Time-of-Flight distance sensor modules provide an unrivalled level of performance for their size, weight and price-point. A TeraRanger One distance sensor weighs just 8 grams, can take up to 1000 distance readings per second and measure distances up to 14 metres. The sensors also benefit from an easy to use, modular approach to multi-axis and multi-sensor configurations. Users can connect up to eight sensors to a central hub and receive a stream of calibrated distances in mm. This modular approach is at the heart of the TeraRanger Tower, Terabee’s alternative to traditional LiDAR scanners. With no motors or other moving parts, TeraRanger Tower is lightweight, robust and lower cost.We look forward to meeting with you in Lyon.

Terabee news in the news

We were delighted to be featured by both SPAR3D and sUAS News just recently. Both publications ran articles on Terabee’s Proof of Concept showing, for the very first time, how a static LiDAR can be used for drone collision avoidance against a wall.

Joao Antunes of SPAR3D took a  look back at Drone collision avoidancesome of our other technology highlights before getting in to the bits n’ bytes of the TeraRanger Tower, while sUAS News made mention of the open-source flight controller used for the PoC.

It’s great to see such well respected journals pick up on our innovations and technology and bring awareness to such wide audiences! You can read the SPAR3D article here and the sUAS News article here.

Simplifying the world of high-speed 2D & 3D sensing at IROS 2016

October 14th 2016, Daejeon, Korea: Presenting in the “Vision-based High Speed Autonomous Navigation of UAVs” workshop at IROS 2016 in Daejeon today, Terabee CEO, Max Ruffo, showcased the concepts and solutions developed by Terabee for “Simplifying the world of high-speed 2D & 3D sensing for robotics and drones”.

In amongst the academics, Dr Ruffo was one of just a few ‘corporate’ speakers selected to present (the other three being from DJI, Qualcomm and Microsoft), once again underlining the disruptive influence of Terabee’s innovate new thinking and solutions!

Ruffo’s session highlighted the innovations Terabee has made in high-speed 2D and 3D distance sensing and its impact on control systems for fast moving robotics. “We understood that long range and ultra-fine 3D resolution is far from being the unique answer to autonomous navigation”, explains Ruffo, “mainly because of the calculation power required and the failure modes embedded in complex algorithms. Our philosophy is based on a more simplistic and reliable approach where we monitor fewer axis but in a safer and redundant manner, especially when assumptions can be made about the application environment. For example, we have joined basic 2D SLAM procedures with 3D mapping to solve some specific applications whilst keeping the computational demands of the solution as lightweight as possible.”

The enablers of the above navigation philosophy are high performance, modular and lightweight sensing solutions that can be used in applications and locations not previously viable. These were developed in collaboration with CERN, who are using TeraRanger sensors on a moving robot in the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider.

Giuseppe Loianno, Davide Scaramuzza and Vijay Kumar were very satisfied with the success of their workshop, which has been one of the busiest in the whole IROS conference, with an audience in the region of 200 people. We were pleased to see TeraRanger modules being shown and used in most of the presentations of the workshop, giving us confidence in our contribution to raising today’s technology barrier.

For more information about Terabee and its TeraRanger solutions, please visit or contact [email protected].


IROS 2016 Time of FLight sensors

IEEE Spectrum makes music the TeraRanger way

Yes, TeraRanger Time-of-Flight distance sensors can also be made to create music! It’s this out of the box thinking that broadens the entire spectrum of sensing. Stephen Cass of IEEE Spectrum has taken on the challenge of making a musical machine which reacts on movement and distance. Check out his video below, or read his article on the IEEE Spectrum website.


Stephen’s finished setup with the TeraRanger One sensor on the left. (Photo credit: Yuki Mizuma, IEEE Spectrum.)

Turning complexity on its head – a video presentation

September 22nd, 2016, Brussels, Belgium: See the presentation delivered by Terabee CEO, Max Ruffo, at AutoSens 2016. Max was invited to speak at AutoSens, the leading European conference on vehicle perception which brings together engineering disciplines, including imaging, LiDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision and others to collaborate, network and share challenges related to vehicle perception and ADAS.“Is building the most complex and detailed environment model really necessary?”
“What happens if we only gather the bare minimum of data required for a specific function?”In this presentation you’ll hear the answers to these questions and discover an alternative approach to sensing and perception for autonomous navigation; one where, rather than gathering millions of data points about the world around us, we gather far fewer points, but at high speed in order to create a robust and reliable solution. This philosophy and approach underscores much of the work done here at Terabee and with our TeraRanger sensors.