The Adafruit microcontroller boards are easily connected to this sensor as they can speak the i2c protocol over their data pins.
The M0/M4 series have the advantage over other boards because they support a subset of Python which makes programming more accessible to a wider audience than C on an Arduino. This is a simple example using CircuitPython on a Gemma M0 board to read the distance values from a tinyLiDAR and indicate the distance by varying the brightness of the on-board RGB LED. The board must be the M0 version for Python support.
Note: Adafruit also make various distance sensing boards including one based on the VL53L0X.
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