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Grove - Time of Flight Distance Sensor-VL53L0X is a high speed, high accuracy and long-range ToF distance sensor based on VL53L0X.

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Grove - Time of Flight Distance Sensor - VL53L0X is a high speed, high accuracy and long-range ToF distance sensor based on VL53L0X.

The VL53L0X is a new generation Time-of-Flight (ToF) laser-ranging module housed in the smallest package on the market today, providing accurate distance measurement whatever the target reflectances, unlike conventional technologies. It can measure absolute distances up to 2m, setting a new benchmark in ranging performance levels, opening the door to various new applications.

The VL53L0X integrates a leading-edge SPAD array (Single Photon Avalanche Diodes) and embeds ST’s second generation Flight SenseTM patented technology.

The VL53L0X’s 940 nm VCSEL emitter (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser), is totally invisible to the human eye, coupled with internal physical infrared filters, it enables longer ranging distances, higher immunity to ambient light, and better robustness to cover glass optical crosstalk.


We've Released the Grove Selection Guide and hope to help you find the Grove suit you best. 


Fully integrated miniature module

  • 940 nm laser VCSEL

  • VCSEL driver

  • Ranging sensor with an advanced embedded microcontroller

Fast, accurate distance ranging

  • Measures absolute range up to 2 m

  • The reported range is independent of the target reflectance

  • Advanced embedded optical cross-talk compensation to simplify cover glass selection

Eye safe

  • Class 1 laser device compliant with latest standard IEC 60825-1:2014 - 3rd edition

Easy integration

  • Single power supply

  • I2C interface for device control and data transfer

  • Xshutdown (reset) and interrupt GPIO

  • Programmable I2C address

Exclusion Cone


  • User detection for personal computers/laptops/tablets and IoT (energy saving)
  • Obstacle detection with Robots (Robotics)
  • White goods (hand detection in automatic faucets, soap dispensers, etc.)
  • 1D gesture recognition
  • Laser-assisted autofocus. Enhances and speeds up camera autofocus system performance, especially in difficult scenes (low light levels, low contrast) or fast-moving video mode

What is Grove?

Grove makes it easier to connect, experiment, and simplify the prototyping process. No jumpers or soldering required. We have developed more than 300 Grove modules, covering a wide range of applications that can fulfill a variety of needs. Not only are these open hardware, but we also have open-source software. 

Check our blog What is a Time of Flight Sensor and How does a ToF Sensor work? to learn more about technical principles of Time of Flight (ToF) and sensors. 

Technical details

Dimensions 20mm x20mm x11mm
Weight G.W 7.8g
Battery Exclude
Working voltage 3.3v/5v
Working temperature -20℃ - 70℃
Recommed measure distance 30mm-1000mm
Resolution 1mm
Infrared emitter 940 nm
Default IIC Address 0x52

Part List

Grove - Time of Flight Distance Sensor 30 to 1000mm(VL53L0X) 1
Grove cable 1


HSCODE 9031900090
USHSCODE 9031808070
UPC 841454120803
EUHSCODE 9013101000
EU DoC 1
RoHS 1
UK DoC 1



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