Alan Bologlu, the CEO of POLAR I, Inc. recently introduced me to an exciting new approach that increases the accuracy of laser scanning by a factor of 1,000, using commercial off the shelf cameras and the POLAR I proprietary algorithm.
MIT Media Lab
The POLAR I technology is from the MIT Media Lab (check out the 60 Minute story for a fascinating inside look at the people working at this important facility) . The principal researchers are Achuta Kadambi and Ramesh Raskar.
Posted in 3D Modeling, artificial intelligence, computer vision, Data, Hardware, Research, Sensors
Tagged 60 Minutes, IMX250MYR, MIT Media Lab, POLAR I, polarization, Polarized 3D, Sony 5mp IMX250MZR, surface normals
Dentists in Tijuana, Mexico are using the most advanced dental equipment, including intraoral laser scanning to provide less expensive dental care.
Facility in Tijuana, Mexico
Just minutes from the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico there is a dental practice, Mexico Dental Network in Tijuana, that has the world’s most advanced computerized dental equipment, plus and on-site lab. Since most Americans do not have dental insurance the fact that the Network can offer same day service at significantly reduced rates from those in the U.S. makes it a very attractive alternative.
How can they offer this service? One of the answers is intraoral laser scanning.
The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is pleased to announce the formation of the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Subcommittee, under the umbrella of the Education Committee.
This is an important step in the right direction for the building documentation industry in terms of standardizing the exchange of information. COBie is a non-proprietary data format for the publication of a subset of building information models (BIM) focused on delivering asset data as distinct from geometric information.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Business Development, Conferences, Data, Education, Forums, Orgs, Standards, Technology, The Industry, training
Tagged BIMForum, Certification, COBie, Dr.Bill East, USIBD
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping – NCALM is a joint effort of the University of Houston and UC Berkeley. It provides lidar data for research, advances lidar mapping and trains graduate students in the use of technologies.
In 2016 NCALM was instrumental (pun intended) in supporting ground breaking archeology projects that located the ruins of a complex Maya settlement in Guatemala and an ancient civilization in Honduras in 2012. Those lidar-derived, digital terrain models don’t lie.
“The archeology work is significant, and it gets a lot of attention,” said Craig Glennie, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, where the center is based, and principle investigator on a $3.26 million, five-year operational grant from the National Science Foundation. “But the center has produced important science from our work with earthquakes, landslides, wildfires and other efforts to map terrain and how it evolves over time.”
Posted in 3D Modeling, airborne LiDAR, archaeology, cultural heritage, Government, Mapping, remote sensing, Research, topography
Tagged Craig Glennie, Mayan civilization, NCALM, NSF, OpenTopography, Ramesh Shrestha, UC Berkeley, University of Houston
Intel Capital is one of the world’s most powerful venture capital firms. If you recall from the Olympics (see below) they have a keen interest in UAVs, making Delair an ideal investment partner.
Intel Capital Invests in Delair
For the past year, Delair and Intel have been collaborating on the Intel® Insight Platform, a cloud-based digital asset management solution that leverages Delair’s extensive suite of industry-optimized software tools to speed Intel’s efforts to transform how businesses in key verticals work using data captured from UAVs for actionable analytics.
Posted in 3D Modeling, Agriculture, airborne LiDAR, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, Consumer, Data, Forestry, Historic Preservation, Mapping, remote sensing, Research, Software, Technology, UAS, UAVs, Uncategorized
Tagged analytics, Anil Nanduri, cloud-based, Delair, Drones Group, Intel Capital, Intel Insight Platform, Michael de Lagarde
The use of automotive lidar for autonomous vehicle navigation requires not only the innovative application of technology, but in the final analysis a business plan that reflects the realities of supplying components to the automotive industry.
On the business front Jan-Erik wonders if it will make more sense for the lidar company to license their IP to a more skilled manufacturer, or at least partner with a tier 1 supplier who knows what it takes to scale.
Bottom line – no we are not there yet.
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Posted in artifical perception, artificial intelligence, Autonomous vehicles, Business Development, computer vision, Consumer, Hardware, Mapping, Research, Sensors, solid state lidar, The Industry
Tagged night vision, Veoneer Inc.
The USIBD 2018 Symposium takes place in Las Vegas, NV September 24 – 26 in conjunction with the BIMForum at the Cosmopolitan. Act now to reserve your place at this high value event.
USIBD 2018 Symposium Register Now
For all of the people who either like to wait, or don’t have a choice, the time has come to make your plans for the USIBD 2018 Symposium. If you are in the building documentation business you cannot afford to miss this important event.
Posted in 3D Modeling, AI, BIM, Business Development, Certifications, Conferences, Construction, Consumer, cultural heritage, Education, Feature Extraction, Forums, Indoor Mapping, Orgs, point clouds, Software, The Industry
Tagged BIMForum, building documentation, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, USIBD, USIBD Symposium 2018
Todd Neff has written the first comprehensive book on the development of 3D laser scanning and lidar.
Published by Prometheus Books
I think I may have reached the peak of my literary career! No, I haven’t written a book, or even a chapter of a book, but the folks at Prometheus Books have been kind enough to include my “blurb” on the back cover of Tom Neff’s interesting and important, The Laser That’s Changing the World.” My mother would be so proud.
Where to begin? Well, if you want the inside story on the development of lidar and 3D laser scanning from the early 1900’s through the present than this book is a must read.
It includes a discussion of the technology as well as the individuals who turned physics into commercial products. Now when someone asks you what this “lidar thing” is all about you can point them to Neff’s book for a detailed explanation.
Posted in airborne LiDAR, art, Consumer, cultural heritage, Data, Digital Transformation, Hardware, Mapping, Mobile LiDAR, point clouds, Research, Technology, The Industry
Tagged LiDAR, Prometheus Books, Steven L. Mitchell, The Laser That's Changing The World, Todd Neff