Back in November 2016, at the Autodesk University 2016 event held in Las Vegas, Leica Geosystems announced the “BLK360”, a revolutionary miniaturized black 3D imaging laser scanner. The audacious move to design the scanner in such a curvy shape took many industry experts by surprise; as most conventional 3D laser scanners in the market are more "squarish". Shape, was not the only factor that had industry veterans gasping, the size of the laser scanner is even more astonishing. The scanner is so small - only 165mm tall (6.5”), 100mm in diameter (4”), and weighs 1kg (2.2lbs). To put this into perspective, a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone is about 140mm by 75mm and an iPhone 6 is about 135mm by 70mm. It is as small as your smartphone!
On to more technical specifications, the scanner is able to capture 360,000 points per second with a press of a single button at the bottom of the scanner. It has an in-built rechargeable battery and is designed for both indoor and outdoor uses. With accuracy of 4mm and range of 60m, a full HDR 15 megapixel camera, a complete 360° scan will only take less than 3 minutes.
In addition, Leica Geosystems has partnered with Autodesk's ReCap Pro 360. Using the ReCap Pro 360 mobile application, the Leica BLK360 streams images and point cloud data to Autodesk's cloud services. The application filters and registers scan data in real-time, you can also mark up, tag, and collaborate on scan data while on the job site. The ReCap 360 Pro mobile application will serve as the interface to control the BLK360.
Although the anticipated release was on March 2017, we are still eagerly awaiting for the official launch to public. In the meantime, check out their promotional video below:
Disclaimer: We are neither the product owner nor distributor/vendor of Leica, Autodesk or Leica BLK360. We are a team of professionals who finds great pride in sourcing for the newest and best 3D laser scanners in the industry and to provide them as a value-adding service to all of our clients. All pictures, videos and technical information are from Leica/Autodesk's official site. For more accurate information, please visit http://blk360.autodesk.com/