The LIDAR arrived. I first used the associated PC software to test that it works and it does. While I was waiting for the part to arrive, I had been reading the about the protocol necessary to talk to it. Seems pretty straight forward. A quick and dirty test proves fruitful; I can read the Device ID and start the motor…yahoo!
Though meant to be a development kit, the LIDAR unit doesn't sit flat on my desk. It has a cable that sticks straight down. So I designed and printed a bracket to hold the device.