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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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CIDCI September 15, 2017 San Francisco

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Indoor Reality is invited to exhibit at CIDCI in San Francisco, CA on September 15th 2017

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DisruptCRE 2017 San Francisco - Live Interview

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DisruptCRE 2017 San Francisco - Live Interview

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Indoor Reality Announces integration with Google DayDream

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Indoor Reality announced today the latest update to its 3D mobile mapping solution – 3D virtual walk through of buildings via the Google DayDream® platform.

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Indoor Reality Announces Time Lapse Mode for 3D Virtual Walk-through of Buildings

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Indoor Reality announced today the latest update to its 3D mobile mapping solution – time lapse view of indoor spaces. In doing so, Indoor Reality turns its remote operated system into a virtual time machine, allowing users to see how interior spaces under their control have changed over time. “Now, superintendents and project managers can see and monitor progress during construction by clicking the Time Travel button in Indoor Reality’s 3D web-viewer,” said Founder and CEO, Avideh Zakhor.

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Indoor Reality Announces Integration with ArcGIS Online

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Indoor Reality announced today at the 2017 Esri User Conference, San Diego, CA, the latest update to its indoor 3D mobile mapping solution -integration with Esri ArcGIS Online. “Now, building management professionals who need to “see” the location of assets, can do so with a seamless link directly from ArcGIS Online to Indoor Reality’s web-viewer,” said Founder and CEO, Avideh Zakhor.

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Indoor Reality Announces New Website Launch

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Indoor Reality announced today the launch of its completely revamped website. The newly designed layout provides global visitors a comprehensive and user-friendly experience while offering quick and easy access to essential information on the Company’s 3D indoor mobile mapping solutions.

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Realcomm / IBcon Indoor Reality Live Interview

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June, 2017 Realcomm Live Interview

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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 Officially Releases Mobile Mapping Solutions

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Indoor Reality announced today at SPAR 3D 2017, Houston, TX, the official release of its backpack and handheld indoor mobile mapping systems. “The resulting data collected from the unprecedented fusion of technology enables property owners, facility managers and other stakeholders to collaborate, coordinate and communicate with each other throughout the life cycle of a property: from feasibility analysis, design, construction, and operation and maintenance,” said Founder and CEO, Avideh Zakhor.

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February 27, 2017 – Big Think interviewed Indoor Reality CEO, Dr. Avideh Zakhor about Indoor Mapping

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Smart Tech: Phones, Drones, and Interior Mapping

Avideh Zakor is a Hertz Foundation Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Hertz Foundation Grant for graduate study in the applications of the physical, biological and engineering sciences. From helping emergency rescue teams navigate in times of crisis, says Zakhor, to boosting our comfort with Smart Homes, the future of domestic and office tech will be built on the data blueprints of our spaces. With the support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, she pursued a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

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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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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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3-D Mapping Your World with a Backpack

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This new technology permits astonishingly precise measurements of buildings, roads, waterways, coastlines and even vegetation, right down to individual plants. Its attention to detail is so accurate that thousands of tiny windows on skyscrapers seem to show “reflections” and the bricks holding the Statute of Liberty show detailed textures.

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The mapping backpack

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Energy audits can help building managers and homeowners pinpoint exactly where they’re losing heat, wasting electricity or otherwise squandering energy. But in big, older buildings, audits can be quite costly and time consuming. They involve lots of legwork: measuring building geometry, counting numerous lights, measuring plug loads by hand. Fortunately, researchers in the College of Engineering have found an easier way using a different sort of legwork.

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Backpack Device Performs Three-Dimensional Scanning for any Building Design

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BBC Arabic Video - Backpack Device Performs Three-Dimensional Scanning for any Building Design

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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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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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Berkeley based startup Axiom Exergy wins big at ARPA-E

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Last night, a Berkeley-based startup Axiom Exergy, started by materials science graduate student Anthony Diamond, took first place in the Future Energy Pitching Session. Another Berkeley-based startup, Indoor Reality, took third place as well. The session was moderated by Graham Lawlor of Ultra Light Startups and included expert commentary and advice for the startups from Colleen Calhoun (GE Energy Ventures), Cody Nystrom (SJF Ventures), Zack Schildhorn (Lux Capital), and Willem Rensink (Shell GameChanger).

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March 1, 2015 – CEO of Indoor Reality Featured at ARPA-E Summit

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MARCH 1, 2015 – CEO OF INDOOR REALITY IS FEATURED AT ARPA-E SUMMIT

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Professor Zakhor’s talk on image based localization

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Professor Zakhor’s talk on image based localization, November 2014, Swarm Lab Seminar, Cory Hall

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Berkeley Team Takes its Energy Innovation to Capitol Hill

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A research team from the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday (Feb. 27) to show off their innovation in energy efficiency: a backpack-mounted system for quickly mapping energy use throughout a building and identifying ways to reduce it.

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KTVU News Segment on 3D Mapping Backpack

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February 26, 2014 – KTVU News Segment

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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.

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Indoor Localization and Visualization Using a Human-Operated Backpack System

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Automated 3D modeling of building interiors is useful in applications such as virtual reality and entertainment. Using a human-operated backpack system equipped with 2D laser scanners and inertial measurement units (IMU), we develop scan matching based algorithms to localize the backpack in complex indoor environments such as a T-shaped corridor intersection, a staircase, and two indoor hallways from two separate floors connected by a staircase.