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Create scanner on both sides of the device so that it takes half the time to scan?

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  • I think that that would jack up the price as it would require 2x the hardware... But I would absolutely love this! Time is money and many Matterport pros would consider investing in a higher end unit that saved time like this!!!

  • I really like this idea!

  • Makes it hard to hide in some situations though. I use a 360 camera rig and it's a real pain at times to avoid being in the shot.

    I'd rather they improved the quality and speed of the capture with the existing setup.

  • Yeah I could see that, but if they built in the single vs. double scan into the software then it would work great.

  • Also double sided would still have blind spots,along the centre axis so you'd only get full coverage on a 3 or 4 sided device. , which would make it even more costly.

    Better quality and increased scanning speed would achieve a more worthwhile upgrade imo.

  • Also double sided would still have blind spots,along the centre axis so you'd only get full coverage on a 3 or 4 sided device. , which would make it even more costly.

    Better quality and increased scanning speed would achieve a more worthwhile upgrade imo.

  • Would it actually save time? For every scan you would place camera - walk to another room - scan - walk back to camera- move the camera - hide and repeat.

    Good way to get your daily steps in though.

  • Pokemon Go needs to calculate steps rather than being lazy and checking distance over time at odd intervals.

  • How about a sphere camera rather than something that turns and having to wait any period of time? Why not a click and then your done? More ir sensors should eleviate the need to spin, no? What am I missing?

  • Yeah, but then it would be a battery killer app. Oh yeah it already is...

  • There is really no need as of yet to try to increase the scan speed. Simply adding a larger buffer to the camera to allow for a second scan while the first can is being transferred. Half the time spent on the scan is transferring the data to the iPad.

  • @zack

    I agree that would be good, but I always wait till the scan has been transferred before moving the camera in case I need to repeat the scan. I think the rotational speed of the device is fine and probably is dictated by the required rate of 3D scan and the collection of the HDR imagery but it would be great if the transfer was quicker, but then there is a huge amount of data to shift.

    If you've ever looked at the full scan cloud data of one of your scans you'll see what I mean.

  • i think captureing 360 with just one shot would be best cause then you could also capture people.

  • For all those wishing for a one-shot solution -- please take into account the fact that Matterport captures BOTH 3D and 2D data. While we've seen a lot of 3D one-shot cameras, Matterport is reliant on existing hardware that is aligned and mounted within the case. The 3D and 2D lenses are in a strip, similar to an XBOX Kinect.

    What I'd love to see is a new model of camera that rotates in a manner that allows the photo lense to be at the nodal point in the center of the tripod so that scans in tight areas have absolutely ZERO stitch errors caused by parallax error. The rotation would require the camera to actually move in a circle as well as rotate in order to achieve this.

    So, the question comes up -- in order to shoot a 'One-Shot' tour -- or in order to remove parallax error -- is it possible that Matterport will be able to find a new supplier for their cameras wherein the positions of each lens are independent of each other?

    Food for thought.

  • True 3D cameras cannot have a single lens, they need two to create the parallax that exists between our eyes to create the perception of depth and as such they cannot both be mounted on the entry point of the lens so in some ways parallax is desirable.

    I'm very impressed with the density of the point cloud collected and if you want to take the use of this device further than just creating 360 virtual tours the opportunities to do so are there.

    That said it's down to the stitching algorithms and I've seen a couple of devices that have some superb stitching with one in particular producing more or less faultless results, if that could also be combined with a scanner then it would be a truly spectacular device. I'd suggest it would also come with a spectacular price as the recently announced Leica BLK360 which costs $16K is seen as 'cheap' in the pro market.

    As an aside the Leica also takes 3 minutes to do a 360° scan which suggests the Matterport is actually pretty quick.

    So all in all I think the Matterport is a very good compromise and does the job its designed for very well.

  • Dear David, What is different in comparison with BLK360?

  • @Rostislav Sipakov 

    The Leica is a 3D scanner pure and simple and produces high quality Cloud Points no photography to the level of the Matterport and there is no end to end delivery system. It produces a file that you then import into CAD programs for use in BIM or modelling processes.

    https://lasers.leica-geosystems.com/blk360

     

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