Category Archives: Consumer

3D Mapping with a Tablet – It’s Here

Researchers from ETH Zurich have been able to create an entire 3D model of the university’s main building in just 10 minutes using a tablet equipped with a fish-eye lens. The research forms part of the development process for Google’s … Continue reading

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Garmin Acquires Lidar Firm

I have followed Garmin since their beginning in the early days of consumer GPS. I find this acquisition to be very interesting. Garmin announced last week the acquisition of PulsedLight, Inc., a privately-held company founded in 2012 and designing optical … Continue reading

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Titanosaur

This is the story of one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. It’s 37 meters long and weighed 70 metric tons. Titanosaur  was found by a farmer  in Chile along with six others of a similar size. The research team … Continue reading

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Fully Autonomous Vehicle Deployed

Velodyne LiDAR today announced that, in the first deployment of fully autonomous production vehicles, driverless technology specialist NAVYA will implement Velodyne’s real-time 16-channel 3D VLP-16 LiDAR Pucks as part of a two-year, two-vehicle test with Swiss public transport company PostBus … Continue reading

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Benefits of the Consumerization of Lidar?

For those of us who observed the consumerization of GPS, largely as a result of car navigation apps, we have seen this movie before. The only difference is that we are substituting lidar for GPS or GNSS. Of possible interest … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Demo at CES

Wolfgang Juchman, formerly of Velodyne and now with AutonomouStuff provided the tip on this Consumer Electronics Show demo vehicle featuring Velodyne lidar and AutonomouStuff’s research development platform. The solutions will come together in a white Lincoln MKZ, with two Velodyne … Continue reading

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Powerful Portable Scanner

Let’s kick off the new year (2016) with a heads up about a portable scanner that I have not heard of. It’s the EinScan-S from Shining 3D and it claims to “scan both people and objects in high resolution, down … Continue reading

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Automobiles Becoming 3D Data Collectors

If Toyota has its way they will be turning your car into a mobile mapping system. This is not the first time I have seen this model proposed. The basic idea is to use the sensors on the car to … Continue reading

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FAA UAV Registration Starts Today

The FAA will open its mandatory UAS registration program today in a move that could likely transition a growing hobbyist community to mass-market commercial industry. Owners will be required to submit their names, home and email addresses to a national … Continue reading

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Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

This is a good overview of the challenges facing companies like Velodyne that are hoping to move from the expensive ($75k) early adopter car mapping and navigation market to be a tier one parts supplier to the automotive industry. That … Continue reading

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