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Insights into product strategy, emerging technology with Mobile, 3D, Augmented Reality, VR, Visualization,CAD, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. Curated by Jed Fisher http://blog.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline - Making digital products customers love.
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I love Oculus VR projects!

I love Oculus VR projects! | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

At 4D Pipeline- we help you build beautiful visual digital experiences which customers love!

4D Pipeline is a software product design firm with an interdisciplinary worldwide team of product designers, strategists, and developers. We work with startups and fortune 1000s to help design, engineer, and bring to market worthy and meaningful game changing products that customers love. 

Product Management or Product/App Development, we have some of the best people on the planet here to help you.Our customers include the "who's who" of 3D graphics but automotive, manufacturing, and architecture clients. 

Specialties include: #Apps, #3D, #AugmentedReality, #VR, #Visualization, #CAD, #Cloud, and more.
Ping me to find out more - see our portfolio and take a look at our demo Apps.
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BTW, ping me to meetup at Autodesk University #AU2014

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Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds

Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that. The startup, led by..
Jed Fisher's insight:

Holy Guacamole Batman!

I'm still processing what to say on this one, i'm stumped!

We've got AR + computer vision + glasses = Half a billion dollars in funding! Wow..

If they can do what their videos show in their website, it will be fundamental.  Very few technologies have been able to do this well (realistic based on the environment).  No one has incorporated lighting from the real environment to blend onto the 3D object itself. This is very hard, and needed to get things to blend in with the real world and look realistic.

That being said, there hasn’t been much demand for things to look real, as augmented reality was never meant to replace, only augment reality.

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Jed Fisher's comment, November 20, 9:17 AM
More at The FX Team Behind Gravity to Explain the Universe Using Magic Leap AR
http://gizmodo.com/the-fx-team-behind-gravity-to-explain-the-universe-usin-1661040176
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3D EXPERIENCE Impacts the Future by Dassault Systemes

3D EXPERIENCE Impacts the Future by Dassault Systemes | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

In this video we will watch how new technology like augmented reality and hardware such as Zspace devices can help doctors.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Dassault Systems and Zspace are two of 4D Pipeline's long term customers.

Here is a nice short (marketing) video that shows off some of the work Dassault Systems is doing with companies and technology like Zspace.

(footnote: we did not work on the project that is shown in this video).

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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept

Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Driving will be a lot more fun with Jaguar Land Rover’s new Virtual Windscreen concept that’ll provide drivers with an interactive virtual display on their vehicle’s windshield. The concept technology will sort of be like an augmented-reality experience while you drive (or really race), offering you info on speed info and lap times, in real …
Jed Fisher's insight:

Really just a concept but does remind us to the potential of using AR on the windscreen. 

I would like to see someone take some of the sensor data from the autonomous car cameras - and feed warnings to the driver via such an AR screen. 

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Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It

Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The campaign for the Honda Fit 2015 managed to convince 1500 people to buy the Honda Fit without ever seeing it in the "flesh". - See more at: http://www.lbbonline.com/news/why-1500-people-bought-the-honda-fit-without-ever-really-seeing-it/#sthash.aHVUyfan.dpuf
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Jed Fisher's insight:
At 4D Pipeline we've helped customers and their Clients build compelling Augmented Reality Apps and Configurators that help sell Cars, Shoes, Kitchens, Clothes, and Office Furniture. This is a great overview by S&S on their success with AR and how with creative approaches you can sell more Product. First hand we've helped customer take a few more steps, designing them collaboratively, promoting their products more with marketing that goes viral and works, and ultimately selling more and selling more cost efficiently. Contact us (obligation free) to learn more about Augmented Reality and interactive 3D Product Configurators and how we can help your product do so much better. jed (at) 4Dpipeline (dot) com
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Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way

Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
If you haven't heard already, Land Rover is working on an augmented reality car hood concept that makes your hood transparent. The concept is simple: when begins tipping up (on a rising hill for in...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very neat application for Augmented Reality, similar to what fighter pilots have been experimenting with (think xray vision through the aircraft).

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Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video]

Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video] | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist. 
Jed Fisher's insight:

Lots more news and updates on Oculus Rift, especially about their buyout by Facebook for $2B. Here is the first of a few.

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What VR could, should and almost certainly will be within two years - Michael Abrash

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#develop

Great find. Today and in 20 years when people look back at the early years of programming (and in particular 3D graphics/games) there will be a handful of names that stand out, John Carmack, Michael Abrash, are probably two the greatest of our age. When they speak, it's worth listening.

VR - "Virtual Reality" aka pup on a headset and see/interact in 3D has been one of the holy grails for a long time. Abrash thinks it's really truly almost ready for prime time and that it will be "here" sooner than most people think. 

He talks about the "magic" of VR and the VR presence.

Worth a read.

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Jed Fisher's comment, January 20, 7:11 AM
More at http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/my-steam-developers-day-talk/
IDEAbuilder's curator insight, January 29, 6:19 PM

VR for a mixed-reality experience.  It goes way beyond gaming to larger industries like the trillion dollar AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry.  And moving beyond collaborative and immersive design to immersing both professionals and consumers in digital fabrication data (for design and manufacturing).    This isn't just the future, it's already here, and being developed now.   

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Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud

Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Architecture, Engineering and Construction

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Jed Fisher's insight:

It's Autodesk University Week! #AU2013 the big gather in Vegas to talk shop and have a little fun!

So to celebrate let's talk about Bentley Systems instead :-)

 

1.5 years many companies were saying “cloud’s not going to happen” and talking about a mobile product 5+ years away. No more excuses for this thinking. Cloud and mobile are here and increasingly changing the game.

Bentley, and other big players like Autodesk, Dassault, and Nemetschek is now realizing it needs to start embracing the cloud, mobile, and Apps. Big old clunky desktop products are thankfully dying a slow death. 

They are discovering that Cloud and Mobile are not just buzzwords, they open up new business opportunities and improved customer workflows. Now, with their cloud/app future, they can better tap into SaaS, downstream Owners, uber “bim” models (Bentley’s ones are call i-models), cloud based simulation, bim access, Augmented Reality use for building information, reaching construction i.e. Apps for the field, and the easier to use user experiences.

Will be interesting to watch Bentley Systems progress over the coming months.

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Ray Howard's curator insight, December 3, 2013 7:00 AM
Bentley is taking a measured approach to cloud services, allowing its users to set their own pace as they embrace data mobility, simulation and flexible licensing
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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Market Worth 1.06 Billion by 2018

Jed Fisher's insight:

VR/AR is not a market in itself, it's a technology, hence it doenst make so much sense to measure. Nevertheless, some market data for those looking for it.

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InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos

InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference 2013 http://www.metaio.com/insideAR (InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos: http://t.co/2v92UfzkTO)...

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice summary of the InsideAR event. As always Metaio does a nice job with the event. This year it was at the same location as RTT Excite. I would have liked to have seen some newer speakers this year (many repeats from last year). I particularly liked Gabriel from Mitsubishi Electric who showed a great example of AR for sales . Also VW/Audi are also doing some nice things in this space (see my previous scoops). And lots of fun to see SAP present Visual Enterprise and step by step instructions on the mobile (the Visual Enterprise technology is from my old company Right Hemisphere).

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Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1

Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After developing an augmented reality car manual for the Audi A3 and similar software for wearables like Glass, Metaio certainly knows a thing or two
Jed Fisher's insight:

Another nice AR solution by MetaIO. 

Also looking forward to the Metaio InsideAR conference in Munich October 10th/11th. If you plan to attend and would like to meet up  - give me a yell jed(at)4dpipeline.com 

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This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner

This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
More than a cool gadget, the team at Occipital hopes to create a platform that will give smartphones and tablets a new set of super powers.
Jed Fisher's insight:

This is unreal - having the ability to scan to millimeter precision is incredibly powerful. It's like having a precise Kinect attached to your iPad. Watch the video to see a bunch of really useful use cases. When it comes to 3D scanning and 3D Augmented Reality this is a major game changer.
I'm going to try to order one today - if you are curious about working with this platform - let me know. 

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Maciej Lichoń's comment, September 23, 2013 1:16 AM
Really made my day! I wonder if with the use of haptix stereo camera it would be possible to improve the results even further and get all the material information.
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InsideAR Conference Report

InsideAR Conference Report | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
It’s October 29th and you know what that means! InsideAR has begun and we have the pleasure of giving you the first peek of the proceedings at the world’s largest AR conference. Merely an hour ago,...
Jed Fisher's insight:

For my third year in a row i attended the Metaio InsideAR conference. It's always a nice show to see how some of the (mainly) automotive companies are using AR for design, instructional, and sales & marketing purposes. 

Metaio's technology continues to improve.

It was announced that it will soon work with the 3D Realsense cameras from Intel, unfortunately we still have to wait (as it should dramatically improve the computer vision capabilities).

More at:

http://augmentedblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/favorite-moments-of-insidear-from-opera-singing-to-tracking-it-all/

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Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it's been working on boosting the iPhone's navigation abilities with augmented..

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Very interesting could be huge - the patents describe a way to use GPS, Wi-Fi and sensor information to pinpoint a user’s position and then download a 3D model of their surroundings, including points of interest. 

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Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Military pilots wear expensive displays that show them relevant flight data as they scan the skies. Now a startup is bringing the tech to the masses.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great to see AR getting more real use cases.

AR glasses open up many useful workflows for pilots, also BIM and Building professionals, manufacturing, simulations, and training.

Together with 3D shape detection it's possible to have a very rich markerless AR experience.

Exciting things ahead!

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Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass

Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The future of virtual reality is not bound to a chair, so Metaio is encouraging folks to take a stroll. The augmented-reality firm will today unveil its "6D Augmented Reality Holodeck" tech, which ...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Click the link to see the video.

We've (4D Pipeline) found this to be a great fit for walking around an "work in progress" building build. Use AR to see the finished building.

Another way we've used this when doing car interiors, let the user have  a VR experience to what it's like inside the car.

Great to see the technology always improving.

Contact me to hear how 4D Pipeline can help your next App/product.

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Students Engage in Immersive Learning With Interactive 3D Learning Stations from zSpace

Students Engage in Immersive Learning With Interactive 3D Learning Stations from zSpace | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Along with the Los Altos School District, we are excited to officially announce a pilot program in STEM education that will bring immersive 3D learning stations to students at Covington, Santa Rita,...
Jed Fisher's insight:

I've always really liked ZSpace, they provide great technology for manufacturing company but now really focus on education. Specifically science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, medical instruction, corporate training and research.

The zSpace Virtual Reality solution consists of a high res screen, 3D glasses, and a stylus for manipulating the 3D VR environment.
As a father of three, it's wonderful to see kids engage with learning. Why learn from a book or listen to a teacher when you can just "Do"! Do it in 3D, interact with molecules, or do a physics experiment.
It's not work, it's play!
Awesome use of this fantastic technology.

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John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition

John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker....
Jed Fisher's insight:

In case you had not heard - Facebook recently bought Oculus VR for $2 Billion dollars, a pretty penny.

Reactions are divided, there are two camps,

1. Those who think Zuckerberg has gone crazy and has bought a prelaunch/pre-real-revenue high risk company that has nothing to do with Facebook/Social. Add to this group all the people who invested in their huge Kickstarter and got nothing from the buyout (some of these guys are sending the Oculus death threats!)

2. Those who think this is a brilliant move with Zuckerberg reacting to Google Glass and see Oculus as a great platform to extend Facebook.

 

Many folks have asked me what I think. In short - I think Oculus is an excellent asset for Facebook to have, I just don’t think it’s currently worth anywhere near $2B. There are other alternatives that are technically equal or superior but are just less “cool”, most would be buyable for millions not billions. For example: http://technicalillusions.com/ (these guys also have had a great Kickstarter).

Reasons I see it making sense for Facebook:

- it’s social

- it’s wearable (trending and responding to other VR/AR goggles/glasses) 

- it’s great for gaming and Facebook increasingly is doing more in gaming

- it’s great for VR experiences such as shopping, virtual worlds

- plenty of business uses too - in AEC/Manufacturing and more.

 

In short - it’s great for 3D+VR+Social+Cloud and people of all walks of life - especially those who had stock in Oculus ;-)

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5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year

5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
As we face the new calendar year with improved exercise routines and diets, here are five innovative young startups to watch in the headlines.

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Jed Fisher's insight:

As often discussed, to be successful in any tech (especially something like AR) one needs to focus on great use cases. This is a nice summary of some of the new players in this space who are doing exactly this.

BTW - 4D Pipeline plug - we've worked on multiple AR projects helping our customers be successful with products by improving the experience in sales, product configurators, design reviews, product experiences,  architecture walkthroughs and visualizations, assembly instructions, and more - if you'd like and hand with your #innovation, #AR, or just #doingmore let me know - we've a an awesome team of agile product designs and developers to let you turn idea into reality.

jed (at) 4dpipeline.com

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Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for "work" or for the "home." We just use..

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Good end of year overview to where AR is going particular with BIM and AEC/field work. 

I'm glad to see people increasing referring to AR not as a technology but instead by it's usecase - for example, helping with in field repair/assembly support.

PS I love the structural sensor (see my previous blog post).

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 23, 2013 8:41 PM

"The future of augmented reality is tied to devices like the iPad. But that’s just the foundation for a next generation of apps. These apps will leverage endless stores of data that will take the form of physical objects and provide people with expert knowledge that will be immediately available. This will allow us to see the world in whole new ways and forever transform how we live and work."

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Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms

Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Thanks to inexpensive mobile devices and increasingly advanced software apps, Building Teams are finally able to bring their BIM models to life on the job site.
Jed Fisher's insight:

So many people are rightfully skeptical for Augmented Reality. It's often a technology searching for a use case.

In BIM/AEC there are many use cases that AR is perfect for. Seeing what's behind a wall, x-ray vision, comparing design with "as built", seeing scheduling or what part of the building is in use.

Expect to see some of the most useful AR being in the building sector (and downstream). 

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Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses

Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Google Glass has been a catalyst for AR and for wearable computers. Unfortunately it was limited when it came to AR, however we are now seeing many companies coming out with AR enabled glasses, Vuzix is probably the leader today, now we are seeing many new startups coming into this space.

 

Also see http://www.slashgear.com/ora-true-augmented-reality-glasses-to-ship-in-january-22302688/

 
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Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
CSIRO's Smart Vision AR tech makes it easy to get a realistic idea of what your next pair of shades will look like on you. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.
Jed Fisher's insight:

InsideAR conference is tomorrow - so let's do another AR post today. This is one from a small AR company in Australia. They like many others have attempted to solve eye wear with AR. Unlike others they seem to have done a very nice job of it. Definitely give the video a watch this is much better than other examples. 

What I like is their approach, instead of trying to solve it all in realtime AR and have poor user experiences they do a face scan first then apply the sunglasses and let you adjust. They've also done a nice job of focusing on other aspects such as sharing/comparison.

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Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone

Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Smartphones have pretty good cameras, but nowhere near good enough to do the kind of high accuracy measurement work that's required for engineering or remodelling projects.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very neat and damn useful.

Very helpful for AR and 3D shape detection as well.

 

 

 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, October 2, 2013 5:34 PM
Very interesting and useful tool as complementary for outdoor photogrammetry techniques.