The Pace

  1. It’s a real challenge some times to maintain the daily blogging pace, so if you have any items of interest please send them along.
  2. NIST has recently announced a new laser ranging technology that is capable of nanometer precision at 100 KM.
  3. If you are working on FLASH LiDAR please let me know.

That’s one of the things that is challenging about blogging on a daily schedule – the pace. Often I think of something that I wished I said after I publish. Like in my last post on “selling” 3D laser scanning. A short time after I hit the publish button I  thought that my final comment should have been that if we want this technology to achieve its full potential that we should all consider ourselves sales people for the industry.

Or in the case of the past couple of days where the pace of my life has just been too rushed to even do my blog. Apologies to my loyal readers, and while thinking about you I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to you for input. That could ease the burden a bit, and it would make In the Scan a lot more interesting and valuable if from time to time I was able to include other points of view/news. So if you would like to share please send along your comments. I know that many of you are working on interesting projects, which would really be of value to all.

Speaking of interesting news, looks like NIST has invented the ultimate in distance measuring technology. Star Wars here we come. In a recent press release, NIST announced that they have developed the ability to measure distances up to 100 kilometers with nanometer precision using a laser ranging system, and something called an optical frequency comb – incredible. And just to add to the WOW of this, they can do it for multiple objects, simultaneously with very little ambiguity. I am going to contact Alan Lytle at NIST to find out more. Stay tuned as this could have major implications, perhaps on the price of scanners.

On a final note, also on the R&D  side, I received an inquiry this week in my role as Chair of the ASTM E57.04 Data Interoperability subcommittee concerning support for FLASH Lidar. We will not address this in Version 1, but if anyone is working on this, please let me know as I am not up to speed on this potentially important and upcoming technology.

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