Laser scanner creates 3D colour images of surfaces or objects

Lidar uses lasers to create 3D images, but these can be hard to interpret because they are black and white. A new scanner adds cameras to make colour images that could be useful for infrastructure inspection or robot vision


14 January 2022

A new portable scanner combines laser scanning technology with cameras to create precise 3D images in colour, and it could be used for everything from infrastructure inspection to construction to robot vision.

Lidar measures the distance to surfaces using a laser. Each measurement records a point in space, building a ”point cloud” to show surfaces and objects. Unlike a camera, the point cloud gives exact distances and dimensions, but the images are monochromatic and can be hard to interpret.

ExynPak is a handheld scanner from Exyn Technologies in Philadelphia, which combines lidar with an AI system that drapes real-time …