I had the opportunity today to speak with three of the key people behind the BLK360 product offering recently announced by Autodesk and Leica Geosystems. The first is Aaron Morris, Senior Manager of Reality Solutions at Autodesk, Hugh Baertlein, Product Marketing and Simon Mark, Project Manager both from Leica Geosystems.
To be clear the BLK360 is scheduled for a spring 2017 release so many things can change in 6 months, but for the early adopters there is a way to get to be one of the first to own the system by visiting this website and signing up using the “Reserve Now” link. It might be a challenge in the early release to keep up with the demand.
The following items were discussed:
- Leica Geosystems is basically responsible for the hardware and Autodesk is leading the software side of the product development.
- The scanner is capable of storing 40 to 60 scans, but the system has been designed to primarily transfer the data via Wi-Fi.
- The first release will have support for ReCap Mobile running on the iPad Pro only.
- The data can be stored in the cloud or offline with a lap top.
- One primary motivation is to move the registration process into the field so that customers can see when they have a problem and make the corrections in real time.
- Control can be added in the desktop version of ReCap 360 Pro, if needed.
- The scanner will include cameras, an infrared sensor and the scanner. A complete data collection is designed to take just 3 minutes.
- The system will include the sensor and a one-year subscription to ReCap 360 Pro which includes all of the platforms.
- The suggested retail price is $15,990.
- The system will be sold through the Leica Geosystems eStore.
- The bundle is intended to target customers who do not currently use a scanner.
This has the potential to be a game changer as it is likely to help with the democratization of the technology.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available and let me know if you have any questions.