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Even though I haven't been able to get my hands on one of the new lidar-containing iPad pros because our state is on lockdown, that hasn't stopped a bunch of early adopters from giving it a try. Thankfully, they're sharing their results (and detailed teardowns) so we've pulled together some of the best we've found into a follow-up piece for the curious. 


P.S. One more reminder that there is still plenty of time to get in on next week's " The Future of Lidar" webinar. It has an all-star panel lineup that I think SPAR 3D readers would appreciate... so check it out!


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Carla Lauter, SPAR 3D Editor

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By Carla Lauter

The news from Apple two weeks ago was met with some surprise last week when they announced that the newest models of the iPad Pro would contain a lidar sensor that was capable of scanning up to 5 meters away, aimed towards improving AR applications. Since its release, a trickle (and then a flood) of iPad lidar demos have appeared online, as well as some new information.



By Carla Lauter

When construction sites are not captured and digitized while construction is in progress, there can be unforeseen and time-consuming impacts, especially when contractors are trying check their work. Automation and robotics startup Scaled Robotics is bringing automation to reality capture specifically geared towards construction that is in progress. Their automatic robot-mounted progress monitoring system can take what once used to be an imprecise task and turn it into a value-added dataset that helps workers to prioritize tasks, work smarter, and reduce re-work.

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By Carla Lauter

A myriad of 3D companies and designers have found creative solutions and ways to help with the global COVID-19 pandemic, but one intrepid inventor has taken a different path – using lasers to help encourage social distancing. Its design is amazingly simple – and familiar to anyone who’s ever wondered how Lidar works. A laser shines at a rotating mirror projecting a bright visible perimeter to remind people to socially distance during this pandemic.



By Carla Lauter

Niantic, the company responsible for the architecture for several popular AR games - including Pokémon Go and Harry Potter  - picked up 6D.ai in what some could view as a direct challenge to Apple’s recent AR investments. 6D.ai is best known for creating 3D meshes of the world in which AR content can be responsive to their environments and persist in a more realistic way. 



April 8, 2020 - 12:00pm EST - 1:00pm EST

This panel discussion hosted by Geo Week features industry executives from the leading geospatial firms in the US, who will share their thoughts and the future of the lidar industry, broadening applications, areas of opportunity for growth, emerging technology trends, and more. Join industry leaders as they share their insights in a moderated discussion about the evolution - and future - of lidar. 



by Eric van Rees

The 280MP Aerial Solution is Phase One Industrial‘s latest large format aerial photogrammetric system for aerial surveying. With an image coverage width that exceeds 20,000 pixels, combined with a high image capture rate and dynamic range for large area performance, Phase One raises the bar for manufacturers of aerial photogrammetry systems.


With the current health crisis necessitating a big rise in home working, 3DUserNet wanted to do their part and give 3D professionals help in staying connected and working with their 3D data and with their project teams. They will be offering full free access to the 3DUserNet platform for a 3 month period to any new customers who wish to work wherever they are.


This new bundle consists of the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition) desktop software, and Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 for tablets and phones. With this bundle, Leica Geosystems will deliver point cloud production while Autodesk’s technology will consume the data.



by Carla Lauter

The CoVent-19 Challenge aims to be a global, open invitation for interested designers, engineers and others to collaborate to create solutions for the urgent shortage of mechanical ventilators around the world. With an official kickoff announcement scheduled for mid-week, the 8-week challenge will create teams to participate in the challenge to finalize device designs by June.


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