Category Archives: SLAM

STENCIL Follow Up

I received additional info from AutonomouStuff on the real time SLAM sensor that I blogged about last week. The STENCIL can be purchased with a license for either localization or a license for mapping applications. Additionally, the STENCIL can be used without the need … Continue reading

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Affordable Real Time SLAM

Real Earth Stencil is a real time affordable SLAM device that seems to offer a lot of promise for indoor mapping applications and perhaps much more.

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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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Better Urban Trajectories

This is a highly technical paper, but it proposes an alternative approach to obtaining high accuracy trajectories for mobile lidar data collection that could be advantageous in urban settings. It combines stereo cameras with lidar and an IMU, but in … 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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Lidar Bees

Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York believe they can develop a micro – lidar that can be used as the eyes in robot bees. “Essentially, it’s the same technology that automakers are using to ensure that driverless … Continue reading

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Smarter Scanner

I have always said that scanners are dumb. Well, the folks at Ocular Robotics have changed that. Their scanners can be programmed to collect data at specified resolutions and in certain regions. From their literature: Ocular Robotics’ 3D LiDAR systems … Continue reading

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Indoor Mapping System Update

Viametris is one of the leading indoor mapping system integrators. Their latest system the iMS 3D includes the SBG SYSTEMS’ miniature AHRS (attitude and heading reference system), the Ellipse-A. Based on the SLAM technology, the iMS 3D is equipped with … Continue reading

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SLAM – Based Mapping

In a move aimed at stimulating the growth of new mapping applications, Real Earth has partnered with Velodyne LiDAR to lower the cost of entry for creation of high quality LiDAR-sourced maps – without reliance on GPS. As part of … Continue reading

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Point Cloud Texture – Part 2

This is the second in a series explaining the use of Google Streetview to add texture to a point cloud. In this video, the author improves the result of texturing a 3D mesh with a screenshot of Google Streetview, by … Continue reading

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