Point and shoot camera produces 3-D models

Feb 10, 2013 by Nancy Owano report
Point and shoot camera produces 3-D models

(Phys.org)—The Kickstarter campaign launched by Lynx Laboratories, from Austin, Texas, is off to a swift-kick start. Obviously, visitors to their page like what they promise. With their goal of $50,000, they have at the time of this writing raised $53,358, with 36 days to go. Their six-pound sensation is a point and shoot 3-D camera promoted as a step up in affordable 3-D modeling. According to the team, "If you can use a point-and-shoot Nikon, you'll find the Lynx even easier to use."

The word "" merits explaining, because this is far from the conventional 2-D camera used for clicking ocean sunsets or snapping pictures of a dancing toddler. This 3-D camera is designed for scanning objects and delivering results quickly.

The A is aptly described by bloggers as a capturing device that can not only capture subjects in 3-D but also perform motion capture. The shape of the plastic is comparable to an oversized tablet, managed with the use of buttons and joysticks for controls. This is not for the casual camera hobbyist as it is targeted toward people whose professions include working with , architectural surveying, or video game engineering. The user can choose from three features, which are scene modeling, object modeling, or motion capture. The latter feature is especially fun to watch in the demo video. A user can point the camera, press record, and an actor, moving around, can become the source of animated computer-generated characters.

According to Lynx Laboratories, with all three features, a user can immediately output the files into formats used in a workflow including PLY, OBJ, STL, XYZ, JPS, and BVH.

Front-mounted optics include a 640x480 color camera and a 3-D sensor for capturing depth information. A 14-inch color LCD screen presents an instant view of imaging results. The device has a graphics card for capture/render and storage. There are two USB ports, and Ethernet can be used to retrieve software updates. Data can be moved to a computer with a USB stick. The processor is an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz. According to their campaign page, the battery is good for four hours.

As for code, the team said the entirety of the code base is not open source, but they intend to open-source an image-processing library later this year.

"The software was developed from the ground up in-house with few exceptions." Its approaches, they added, had to be coded from scratch. "The few exceptions include part of our library and some standard helper libraries."

The Lynx device price range is from $1,799 to $3,499. The creators said they will use a substantial part of the money they raise for a limited production run, working with suppliers and manufacturers to speed up production and lower the cost of materials needed.

They said they also want to use the money to recruit more talent over to their present five-person team.

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More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/915328713/lynx-a-camera?ref=live
lynxlaboratories.com/

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originating
3 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2013
we can do same using microsoft kinect
ValeriaT
3 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2013
Actually it seems for me, it's just a MS Kinect sensor built into tablet-like computer device (including its native resolution).
rfw
4 / 5 (1) Feb 10, 2013
As a Structural Integration ("Rolfing") practitioner I could use this sort of technology to record and analyze the results of my work. So YES! I have need for a 3D capture of live human body contour maps. However I will happily wait for a version 2 or 3.0. Why? The resolution is very low, the battery life unacceptable, the size is, well, clunky to say the least & the price is too high for use by most practitioners. The idea is GREAT and I encourage the developers to keep on keeping on and I wish them the very best in finding enthusiastic early adopters.
Mike_Massen
5 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2013
originating possibly got confused with marketing
we can do same using microsoft kinect
Ah great, how did you integrate the colour camera and software into the kinect - I'd really like to know ?

packrat
3.5 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2013
While I agree the resolution is pretty low they have still done a very good job of incorporating all the functions in one box. I also hope it gets to market.
originating
not rated yet Feb 10, 2013
@Mike_Massen i meant producing 3D model
winthrom
not rated yet Feb 11, 2013
I see two uses for immediate action:
1. Crime scene capture
2. Part replication for old equipment using 3D printers and good parts for models. This would be useful for sand casting models of metal parts.

mortoo
5 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2013
In case anyone is not aware of it, there is a free program to make 3D models from conventional point and shoot cameras called Autodesk 123D Catch. It does require multiple shots from different angles but it is fun to play with.
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 11, 2013
Ah great, how did you integrate the colour camera and software into the kinect - I'd really like to know ?


I thought it already had one.

The device features an "RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software",[32] which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities.


They're doing what Microsoft is already doing on the Xbox, interfacing to existing software, except they process the results into a file instead of using it to control games.

What they seem to have there is a laptop with a Kinetic sensor, built into a black box. All this talk about having a supercomputer in a box is just about using the GPU of an ordinary laptop to do the processing.
coryatjohn
not rated yet Feb 11, 2013
I've been shopping 3D scanners for some time now (own one too). This device, while interesting, just doesn't have the precision (.5cm) to do anything really useful. If they can improve the resolution by an order of magnitude while keeping the price within an order of magnitude, they'll have a reasonable product.

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