July 29, 2015 — 3D documentation works are an important part of architect´s job. Monuments, old buildings, indoors scenarios, stairs, ornaments, vaults, etc have to be captured faithfully every day. All this documentation needs to be generated fast and accurately. Can the architects create all this documentation with at high quality using just one instrument? Are there any device which - in situ- allows to capture and generate high quality 3D models of all the elements to be documented?
E-Capture R&D, a Spanish technology-based company, introduces a new 3D accurate measuring tablet: EyesMap. The Spanish enterprise intends to revolutionize the world of measuring with this next generation of portable, easy to use and highly accurate instruments, optimal to fultill most of the challenging architecture, design and archaeology jobs.
EyesMap has an outstanding capacity for modelling 3D scenes both indoors and outdoors, as well as capture in 3D large objects like buildings up to small objects like coins. Actually EyesMap is the only device in the market with this all-round capacity and versatility.
The “EyesMap” Tablet incorporates two rear cameras, a depth sensor and a GPS system . It is able to measure coordinates, lines and surfaces of all types of objects up to a distance of 30 to 50 m. To the same extent EyesMap can process detailed photogrammetric HR images containing up to 4 million points in less than 2 minutes. These photogrammetric color scans allow the user to create detailed 3D models of all kinds of objects, being able to generate a faithful reproduction of the original. EyesMap supports external cameras to achieve an even better performance if conditions do require so.
The integrated depth sensor is another useful technology within EyesMap which allows the user to generate a real time scan of the scene; obtaining a complete 3D points cloud of indoor scenarios in a fast and easy way.
EyesMap is an ideal tool for the architect to manage restorations sites in 3D using just one single instrument, documenting the different parts of a job site in 2D/3D, capturing small ornaments and stairs or sculptures in 3D, generate true ortho-photos (also 3D models) of the facades, document rooms, paintings, furniture, etc. Anticipating on latest developments and trends, the tablet also supports aerial images made by drones, for example, generating beautiful and very accurate 3D models of the buildings from the air (especially useful for roofs).
It may well be concluded that Eyesmap will contribute dramatically to improve the 3D documentation in the wide field of architecture.
The tablet comes with intel's 4th generation i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM to ensure an outstanding performance, both in the field and at the office. The system uses computational vision techniques blended with photogrammetry, precision sensor fine tuning, as well as a visual odometer and other advanced images measuring techniques. EyesMap supports Wi-Fi, 3G and BlueTooth which allows to share the measurement results in a split second once connected.
The EyesMap system is developed under Windows and will have an optional SDK kit available to developers who wish to realize their own specific customized applications on top; Though the focus of Eyesmap in this article is mainly on architecture and archaeology, very useful applications for Eyesmap can also be found in othersectors like interior design, criminology, civil engineering, industrial & reversed engineering, GEO/surveying, as well as in other professional fields like arts, medicine, 3D gaming/entertainment, security, etc.
EyesMap will definitely change the documentation method in architecture and archaeology. This device will be an excellent way to capture reality, generating a virtual copy of the sites in the computer.
For more info:
Architecture Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxJyhOKrLjk
Cultural heritage documentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pl8lot1XV0
Interior design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xbx9RDgYU8
Company webpage: www.ecapture.es