- Comments on yesterday’s post show that people are thinking about a much larger market for 3D LS.
- Two that stood out were 3D sports coverage and as an aid to the visually impaired.
- The GSA – Geological Society of America is sponsoring a short course on LiDAR in October.
The comments on yesterday’s post were very encouraging and thought provoking – an open mind is a powerful thing. Innovation is often not driven by the established players in an industry. That is the main theme of Dr. Christensen’s “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, which I have blogged about in the past.
The establishment is often not interested or unable to take the risks to innovate. The start-ups have a lot less to lose. I may have mentioned this before. I was in the room in the early 90’s when the founder and CEO of one of the leading surveying equipment companies stated that his company would never get involved with the consumer GPS market. I guess he thought it would never develop into a profitable business.
The 2 new ideas that I found really interesting from the comments yesterday were the idea of 3D sports coverage and the use of laser scanning as an aid to the visually impaired. Both might be candidates for a flash lidar/ladar approach. Another is the idea of a small handheld laser scanner as a replacement for the digital camera. Keep that mind open and working…
For those in the Pacific NW, a quick note on a LiDAR training session being sponsored by the GSA – the Geological Society of America. The course will be held October 17 and 18 in Portland OR as part of the annual GSA meeting. Sounds like a very experienced group will be presenting.