The Making of PX-80: the World’s First Handheld LiDAR Scanner with Color Data (LiDAR News)

The Making of PX-80: the World’s First Handheld LiDAR Scanner with Color Data

UF startup Paracosm has been at the forefront of SLAM-based 3D-mapping since the company’s founding in 2013. In the ensuing years, they’ve racked up an impressive resume: helping Google develop the dense 3D-mapping engine on the Project Tango smartphone, receiving iRobot’s first corporate VC investment, and most recently being acquired by spatial computing powerhouse Occipital (makers of the Structure Sensor).

The company’s first product was a low-cost structured-light 3D-scanner designed for capturing complex indoor spaces. While this system was initially targeted to visual effects creators and augmented reality developers, it quickly (and unexpectedly!) became a hit with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors. As its popularity grew with geospatial (GIS), architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) professionals, Paracosm saw a need for a more robust handheld system that could capture much larger environments and operate both indoors and outdoors.

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