Portable 3D Scene Digitizer from 3rdTech
HILL, N.C., July 19, 2000 – 3rdTech Inc., devoted to creating products and
businesses from university research, today announced the DeltaSphere-3000 Laser
3D Scene Digitizer – a new laser scanner that produces panoramic, accurate 3D
point sets over large spaces in record time. Based on research from the
Department of Computer Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, the DeltaSphere-3000 produces detailed and accurate models of large 3D
scenes and objects.
It can also combine captured 3D data with accurate color information for
realistic renderings from multiple viewpoints.
produced by the DeltaSphere-3000 is ideal for a wide range of applications
The DeltaSphere-3000 is a portable system that resembles a video camera on a tripod. It integrates into a single package a computer-controlled laser-range finder with azimuth and elevation positioning motors, an embedded CPU, a rechargeable battery pack, and an optional digital color camera. In 10 to 30 minutes, the DeltaSphere-3000 scans 150° elevation and 360° azimuth over a range of one to 40 feet, capturing from 1-million to 50-million 3D points. This automatic, high-speed operation makes it easier than ever before to create accurate, detailed models of piping and mechanical equipment, laboratories, film sets, retail store interiors, and room-sized objects.
The DeltaSphere-3000 3D Scene Digitizer will be available in the third quarter of this year. List price for a complete system starts at approximately $45,000.For further information about the laser range finder research at the Computer Science Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, visit http://www.cs.unc.edu/~ibr/projects/rangefinder.