New Portable 3D Scene Digitizer from 3rdTech Sets New Standards for Range and Accuracy

CHAPEL 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.

Data produced by the DeltaSphere-3000 is ideal for a wide range of applications including:

recording “as built” dimensions for manufacturing, construction and surveying in the aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, chemical and construction industries

model creation for accident and crime-scene reconstruction

data capture from car-crash tests

3D scene creation for computer graphics applications in interactive games, virtual reality, Internet marketing and tourism, and CAD/CAM

capturing 3D sets and models for special effects creation in movies and television

digitizing objects and scenes for simulation and training systems

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.