3rdTech's New DeltaSphere-3000 Software Simplifies Measurement & Model Creation for Large Areas, Objects

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., August 13, 2001 3rdTech Inc. will introduce new software at SIGGRAPH 2001 that will simplify critical functions of its DeltaSphere-3000 3D scanner for applications in as-built construction, crime/accident scene reconstruction, and virtual prototyping of large models for web sites, video games, simulation and training.

Key features of DeltaSphere-3000 version 2 software include a new user interface, simplified display of positioning and measurement information, and interactive tools for mapping of color images to point clouds.

The DeltaSphere-3000 scans room-size spaces and objects and produces a 3D point cloud of the scene.  In addition to providing scanning control and monitoring, version 2 of DeltaSphere’s client software provides a point-and-click interface to the scanned data.  Elevation, azimuth and range are displayed for every point as well as its corresponding x,y,z coordinates.  The new software also displays the real-world distance between any two points in the data set, enabling simple, rapid measurement of objects and spaces.

New end-user software tools in version 2 make the most of the DeltaSphere’s unique ability to capture full-color digital images from the same point at which the scanner is collecting dimensional data.  The programs – called Rview, Tview and Match – are  interactive tools for mapping color images to point clouds.  They allow users to quickly and precisely map color data to points, producing digital models with real-world color and lighting.

Additional new software features include a 3D point-cloud viewer, and data export to VRML and several popular third-party modeling, fitting and reverse-engineering packages.