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Indoor Reality wants to revolutionize interior 3D capture

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Indoor Reality’s VR Helps Users Become Immersed in 3D Mapped Buildings

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Indoor Reality has updated its 3D mobile mapping system to integrate it with Google DayDream so users can now take virtual building walkthroughs using a virtual reality (VR) headset.

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Indoor Reality is featured in Bisnow - September 2017

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Indoor Reality is featured in Bisnow. Bisnow is a multi-platform digital media company that produces news and live events.

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The Best Tech Products at Realcomm 2017

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A roundup some of the most cutting-edge technology for multifamily, including a program that allows renters to explore a 3D space, an energy-monitoring and analytics platform and a robot concierge.

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Avideh Zakhor: The brains behind Google Earth and Street View

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For one of Silicon Valley’s most important inventions, we can thank Avideh Zakhor, creator of the technology that brought us Google Earth and Street View.

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Avideh Zakhor: a pioneering contributor to Google Earth and Street View

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For one of Silicon Valley’s most important inventions, we can thank Avideh Zakhor, creator of technology that helped bring us Google Earth and Street View.

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Indoor Reality

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“To map the world” is the mission of Indoor Reality, a company which offers innovative solutions to the challenges of mapping the indoors. Founded by Dr. Avideh Zakhor, who was behind the technology that makes Google Earth possible, Indoor Reality presents an equivalently efficient and mobile method for capturing interactive 3-D models of interior spaces through their wearable data acquisition systems and software pipeline.

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Indoor Reality launches automated indoor mapping systems

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‘Wearable’ devices send data to the cloud to create point cloud and 3D CAD models

Indoor Reality has released two ‘wearable’ indoor mobile mapping systems – a backpack and a handheld – that can be used to create point cloud and 3D CAD (Revit) models.

The company’s data acquisition technology is continuous rather than stop and go. According to the developer, it is 30x faster than traditional static scanners and can cover 200,000 square foot in 8 hours.

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Three Trends at SPAR International 2017

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Walk-around Scanning/Mapping: I LEARNED THAT MANY OF THESE PRODUCTS are indeed selling, with practical case studies documenting their cost benefits. In addition, new vendor offerings underscored the growing investment in this space.

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Startups: What’s the Next Big Thing?

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School is back in session. You’re back to your routine at work. It’s time to think about what’s next. After our visits this summer with the StartsUps at the 2016 Esri User Conference, we discovered a few fresh ideas that may solve your geospatial problems.

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BIM by Way of Backpack

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is here to stay; its not up and coming anymore, according to John Russo, president of the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD).

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New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

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Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency.

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Backpack Creates Thermal Maps

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The Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is developing a portable system to generate indoor thermal maps. Using cameras and laser scanners mounted on a backpack, the portable Rapid Building Energy Modeler (RAPMOD) indoor mapping system creates a 3D visualization of walls, windows, floors, and other parts of buildings. Then, a computer model predicts how much energy the building should use.

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LBNL Newsletter on RAPMOD at ARPA-E Tech Showcase

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The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit opens today in Washington D.C., bringing together researchers from academia, business, and government to advance energy technology innovation. The Technology Showcase at the Summit presents America’s next generation of transformational energy technologies.

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UC Berkeley Pursues Indoor Positioning Via Smartphone Photos

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are developing a location-fixing method that relies upon images from a mobile device’s camera to deduce the device’s location and orientation.

Leading the research group is Avideh Zakhor, a UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering whose Berkeley lab originally developed the technology behind 3D Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Earth.

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A Backpack for BIM

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Students aren’t the only ones taking an interest in new backpacks this fall. A LiDAR backpack developed by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley is drawing increased attention as a quick and affordable way to generate 3D building information models (BIM).

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Turning Augment Reality into an Open Standard

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A research team at Georgia Tech hopes to make augmented reality (AR) on smart phones more useful by developing an open standard for it. Good Kharma: The Argon browser in action on an iPhone.

Currently, there is no standard way to create or render AR applications, which overlay information on the live video feed from a phone’s camera. Companies such as Layar help app developers create AR functions, but they use proprietary technologies. That means, among other things, that different AR apps may be unable to talk to each other or share data. The Georgia Tech team hopes that its open standard, an enhancement of existing Web protocols, will yield a common way for every Web browser to store, transmit, and manipulate data for augmented reality services. If it does, you wouldn’t need a separate app for each AR function on your phone—one browser could show them all.

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3-D Interior Modeling: A Virtual Walk on the Inside

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BERKELEY, Calif. – A laser-equipped backpack worn by a human operator has provided 3-D modeling of interior sections of a campus building at the University of California, enabling a virtual walk through the academic halls.

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Laser Backpack Prototype Maps Inside Buildings

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Within a year or two, the U.S. military could field a portable, laser backpack device that will provide a three-dimensional (3D) map of buildings…

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New Backpack Makes 3D Maps of Buildings

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A new backpack laden with cameras and laser scanners could be the newest architectural breakthrough that enables its wearer to create a 3D map of any building - even confounding mazes like Dwinelle Hall - simply by walking through it.

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Laser backpack creates instant 3D models

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Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a laser backpack that scans its surroundings and creates an instant 3D model.

It can make video games more realistic and buildings more energy efficient. They are driving to discover a model of the whole world.