Introducing an interface board to connect directly to the Neato XV Lidar and control the rotation speed through Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). The data from the XV Lidar is then re-transmitted upstream to a USB host device such as a PC, BeagleBone, or Raspberry Pi to process the distance information.
This controller is designed around a Teensy 2.0 on a small PCB with the required components to interface with the Lidar. See the product page for more information and check out the firmware on GitHub.
Learn more about hacking the Neato XV Lidar.