The competition for the low-cost 3D scanning market continues to grow. Last week, NCTech released details of a $13,000 3D capture device.
The LASiris VR is designed to capture and colorize point clouds with high-def imagery, enabling users to produce immersive walkthroughs and virtual tours of real-world places. To that end, NCTech is calling the device a VR camera (not a “3D scanner”) and marketing it to professionals in architecture, survey, construction, forensics, video games development, and visual effects creation.
The LASiris VR includes a camera that captures 120 megapixel HDR imagery with a 360° by 300° FOV. The device also includes a lidar sensor, which gathers 300,000 points per second at a range of 100 meters. The sensor’s 30 mm accuracy should be ideal for capturing VR experiences.
For storage, it uses SD cards. Since these cards can be swapped out, they enable a high level of control over storage amounts, and easy sharing between computers without the purchase of extra hardware.