There was some talk of this a few years ago but I wanted to bring it back up now that there is a lot of new hardware coming out. I have been able to find some high quality scanning lasers with great specs for around $1000 and up but nothing below. I would be glad to sacrifice the scanning rate or max range for something around $500. These are all I have been able to find that are close to what I need:http://www.robotshop.com/productinfo.aspx?pc=RB-Hok-07&lang=en-UShttp://www.robotshop.com/productinfo.aspx?pc=RB-Hok-03&lang=en-US
Anyone have any recommendations for other options? I would be glad to do a little assembly on my own.