UF startup Paracosm’s PX-80 handheld lidar scanner has come a long since the company introduced it to the market early last year. The company says the device has been in high demand not only in architecture engineering & construction, but also in a number of industries, with users capturing everything from dense Japanese forests to comprehensive site surveys of US Army bases.
Contributing to this popularity, no doubt, are the impressive specs that the PX-80 offers for a handheld device. It boasts 360° lidar capture at an accuracy of ±2-3 cm, with 300,000 points per second, and at ranges up to 100 m. On top, you’ll find an HD camera that captures up to 50fps with a 360° by 250° field of view. For easy control and visual feedback on progress, the device includes a scanning app on an iPad mini which mounts on the handle.
Velodyne LiDAR Inc., the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, and UF startup Paracosm, a division of Occipital, announced that the two companies have partnered to integrate Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck LiDAR sensors into Paracosm’s PX-80. The PX-80 is a powerful handheld 3D scanner commonly used for geospatial, construction, and industrial applications to survey a wide array of spaces from large office buildings to thick forests.
Paracosm’s PX-80 uses Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck and its own proprietary SLAM technology – itself a fusion of LiDAR, color imagery, and IMU data – to produce detailed three-dimensional documentation of complex environments and geometries in minutes. The resulting point clouds come in full color with corresponding spherical imagery that can provide virtual tours along with accurate 3D measurements. With the light and cost effective VLP-16 LiDAR sensor from Velodyne, Paracosm is able to offer a handheld scanner with unprecedented accuracy, range, and detail.
Occipital, the spatial computing company based in San Francisco and Boulder, CO, announced that it has acquired Paracosm, a UF startup based in Gainesville that is developing 3D mapping technology. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Paracosm’s entire team of 13 people, which will remain in Florida, has been absorbed by Occipital.
Adam Rodnitzky, Occipital’s vice president of marketing, says Paracosm caught Occipital’s eye because it had built a sizable team and impressive technology.
“In the world of computer vision, there are lots of small companies that never get past the stage of working out of their garage,” he explains. “Paracosm is one of those rare companies that have proven they’re able to commercialize computer vision.”
UF startup Paracosm’s handheld lidar scanner is built to help construction teams gain access to powerful analytics that help them to understand a work site in new ways.
The PX-80 is built around Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck. It includes two fish-eye cameras, an IMU, and a screen for visual feedback. The system scans at a range of 100 meters, gathers 300,000 points per second, and boasts accuracy of 2 cm both indoors and out.
The global construction market will hit $10.3 trillion in 2020, and it’s a field where mistakes are costly: rework typically makes up 12 percent of project costs, reaching tens of millions of dollars on big projects. But augmented reality can change that, which is why construction is one of the first industries starting to explore the use of AR in day-to-day work.
Amir Rubin, founder and CEO of UF startup Paracosm, sums up the state of AR in construction and what’s coming next. Today, workers can use Paracosm’s scanning hardware to walk through a site and capture accurate 3D data, but eventually, Paracosm wants to automate this scanning with ground robots and then drones. After scanning, Paracosm automatically aligns the coordinate system of the captured data to the project’s Building Information Modeling. Once aligned, they can run comparisons and use Paracosm’s visualizer to provide analytics and insights into how the project is going, whether it’s on spec, and where potential issues could be.
Paracosm, a specialist in cloud-based 3D mapping software, has picked up a $3.3 million seed round of funding, money it will use to build out its team and develop more and better algorithms for robotics, gaming and other applications that are built to operate in real-world space, or, as founder and CEO Amir Rubin put it, to take the digital world beyond screens and enable machines to understand the world as we do, turning your living room into a holodeck.
Paracosm is among four finalists for the $50,000 Cade Museum Prize to be awarded tonight during a gala event at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall. The UF startup has developed software that scans a space to make 3D models that can be viewed on computers, mobile phones and augmented reality glasses.
Paracosm, the developers of 3D model software licensed from the University of Florida, has been working with Google on ?Project Tango? for several months. Project Tango is a collaborative effort to bring 3D mapping to the hands of the average consumer. Paracosm formally announced their partnership and showed this new application of their 3D modeling software.
The Cade Museum announced the Sweet 16 finalists for the $50,000 Annual Cade Museum Prize. This award is given to a Florida individual or company that is taking an original idea or product to market. The three finalists taking University of Florida technologies to market are:
Advanced Technologies & Testing Laboratories, Transformair ? Eliminates airborne bacteria, viruses, allergens, mold and volatile organic compounds; Paracosm, Reality API ? Software that helps businesses build 3D maps of their facilities; and Quick-Med Technologies, Stay Fresh ? An antimicrobial coating based on hydrogen
Space Florida and UCF announced the finalists for the 2014 CAT5 Awards. Several companies pitching for a portion of the $150,000 prize are formed around University of Florida research, including:
? NanoPhotonica (Orlando, FL) ? materials for flat panel displays and other solid state lighting applications
? ReliOx Corporation (Gainesville, FL) ? environmentally safe antimicrobial and disinfectant products
? TruVitals, Inc. (Gainesville, FL) ? a non-invasive medical vital signs monitoring system.
Also invited to pitch:
? Paracosm (Gainesville, FL) ? 3D modeling of building structures and