Utah State University – USU’s Technology Commercialization Office was notified that their US patent on improving the fidelity of LiDAR data was approved in September. The patent issued involves a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and digital camera system designed to collect data and generate a three-dimensional image.
Coupling the lidar with a digital camera, an array of pixels can receive optical radiation and provide electro-optical data. Pixels are matched to form a LiDAR point-cloud and are then used to generate a 3-D image.
The key is that the pixels from the camera are aligned with the LiDAR. This sounds like a “smarter” laser scanner, which is something that could have a major impact.
This lidar technology is available for licensing through USU’s Technology Commercialization Office.