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Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

3D laser scanning technology may still seem like science fiction to many, but it is increasingly becoming a standard tool relied upon by a number of diverse trades and professions from construction to archaeology. Laser scanning, now under the umbrella term, “Reality Capture,” as it has come to be known, continues to find new applications for those needing detailed as-built data. Simply put, Reality Capture is the digital documentation of a 3D environment. This can be accomplished though laser scanning or by photogrammetry. Both methods are able to capture most existing site elements within view. The result is a full-color, 3D point cloud. Laser scanners may sound like highly specialized and expensive equipment—they are. However, as the price of scanners continues to drop and photogrammetry software continues to improve, we can expect reality capture technology to become a commonplace tool used by an even wider array of trades and industries...


Via oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Excellent article about "reality capture" (aka point clouds) for AEC/BIM/Buildings. It's more and more relevant and needed to compare "as built" to planned/virtual.

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Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read.

Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read. | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

What is it?

Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. So, these experimental devices are intended only for the adventurous and are not a final shipping product.

Jed Fisher's insight:

The future of mobile media is indeed 3D!

I've already applied for one of these for 4D Pipeline. Would be great to have (and for many of our customers).

Having a Kinect in your phone is a powerful thing. Having Google behind this is fantastic. 

* To me this would be the single biggest advancement for the mobile phone since adding a camera to it. The usefulness of what this will enable are almost limitless.*

Not only can we do things like 3D scanning but we can also do things like 3d facial and identity detection and gesture detection (see someone waving at us). 

3D photos is a mind blowing idea - capturing a photo (or video) with Z-depth. Imagine - in the future when we take selfies we will have "3D" depth to the photo!

When it comes to Augmented Reality it is a complete game changer. For the first time we can truly scan/detect/match 3D objects. This is massive. GOODBYE QR codes! Hello 3D object search.

For AEC and BIM industries this is huge as it can allow people to match for example “as built” (real life) to the plan, see similarities and differences. Even better - it can give you a precise location on your (3D) map based upon your 3D map data.

The future is unreal!

PS if you are as interested in this as i am you will also like these

http://sco.lt/8lSZKDandhttp://sco.lt/6iIH3J 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, March 12, 2014 5:43 AM
Yes Jed, looks great. My concern is the accuracy of the inertial and positioning sensors to mash up all data into something that is not a thick puree instead of a noiseless realistic surface. But undoubtedly this is a great start. The future is virtual.
Jed Fisher's comment, March 12, 2014 5:55 AM
The future is virtual - this is an even better quote than the future is 3D :) Yes fair point Carlos - check out the matterport results though - incredibly impressive.
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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 - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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.
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Pelican Imaging Array Camera Captures 3D Video

Pelican Imaging has developed a revolutionary array camera for mobile devices that provides consumers with the ability to capture 3D video, as well as still ...

Via João Greno Brogueira
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Very impressively awesome :)

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GraphicSpeak » Autodesk acquires Allpoint for 3D LIDAR expertise

GraphicSpeak » Autodesk acquires Allpoint for 3D LIDAR expertise | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Autodesk continues its investment in Reality Capture; other recent acquisitions include Alice Labs and RealViz. Autodesk defines Reality Capture as the practice of creating digital models of physical objects and spaces using photography, laser scanning, and other technologies.

Allpoint brings several significant pieces of the puzzle to Autodesk, including large-scale 3D scan data registration, an area of significant research focus but little commercial application.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Virtual and reality keep getting closer

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Ken Markowitz's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:21 PM

Thebiggest obstacles touse using point clouds is the question of how do I integrate this intomy current workflow ?

Marcus Taylor's curator insight, July 28, 2013 4:36 AM

SLAM dunk for autodesk if they can make it a cloud service it will be a very interesting business.

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Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces

Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

We're excited about Google's Project Tango announcement today of a smartphone with a built-in 3D sensor. We're especially excited because we've been developing on a Tango demo unit for the last month and can now finally talk about what we've built publicly! We believe that the future of 3D scanning is mobile. As 3D sensors start showing up in phones and tablets, Matterport's software will be an app enabling millions of people to capture, share, and interact with the world around them in 3D. We have been working to optimize Matterport's software stack for Tango, and already have some early results to show.

Jed Fisher's insight:

I’m not a jealous guy but today I am ;-)

Hats off to Matterport. Really blown away to see the first results of Tango. 

I really like that the Matterport have not just gone gimmicky or gamey, they've focused on real world useful problems to solve, recommending their technology for Insurance, Construction Management, Hospitality, Retail, and Real Estate, ... 

I can't wait to get my hands on Tango - ready to knock people off their seats!

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Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses

Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

"We’ve seen more than a few startups cook up their own impressive 3D scanners — there’sMakerbot and its Digitizer, and dark horse Occipital with its mobile Structure sensor just to name a few — but one of the oldest and biggest names in 3D printers is clearly itching to get in the game too. South Carolina-based 3D Systems just recently outed a cheapish, consumer-friendly scanner called the Sense, and I swung by Engadget’s Expand show in New York this weekend to see the thing in action." ...


Via João Greno Brogueira, Rachael Dalton-Taggart
Jed Fisher's insight:

Looks like a nice solution, curious the what the resulting mesh is like. (good comments above). 

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Rachael Dalton-Taggart's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:57 PM

This scanner is, I think, a perfect addition to the low-end market, using integrated software from 3D Systems' Geomagic to manage the scanning process properly, and dovetailing the data into Cubify products as well as export to other desktop CAD systems.

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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 - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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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Heads Turn as Microsoft Shows Off 3D Scanning Techniques - Ina ...

Heads Turn as Microsoft Shows Off 3D Scanning Techniques - Ina ... | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The software giant demonstrates three different means of capturing a fully three-dimensional scan: a simple smartphone app, the depth-sensing Kinect sensor and a more elaborate camera array.


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