I want to try measuring the orientation of an object by measuring the distance between a "flat" surface to the surface of the rotated object. The problem I assume is that if the surface being measured is at an angle to the distance sensors, the beamed lights from laser or infrared proximity sensors, for example, would be reflected at an angle and not return to the sensors at all. Would this actually happen, or am I misunderstanding some properties of these sensors? Which sensors would work in this kind of application, and which sensors would not work for sure (I read from another post that ultrasonic sensors would definitely not work in this case)?
(Added a crude sketch of the problem I think is going to happen)