Chris from PyroElectro.com has a great article about a do-it-yourself radar system build with PIC18F452. It’s a great hobby project although the schematic is very complicated. This project uses three main devices to create the personal radar system.
The IR Range sensor gives output, the pic microcontroller processes it and then displays the output on the led array.
The goal of this project is to create a working ir radar system. The system will only be required to measure close proximity at an angle of 90 degrees as seen in the example above. The range of system is roughly 4-30cm, 20-150cm & 1m-5.5m depending upon which sensor you choose to use.
Below is an example of what short range personal radar could be used for.