Handheld dual time-of-flight (TOF) LiDAR sensor delivers ‘complete data in-field’
Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has added to its portable BLK scanning line with the BLK2GO PULSE, a first-person laser scanner that combines sensor, software and autonomous technologies.
BLK2GO Pulse was made possible through a collaborative effort between Leica Geosystems and Sony Semiconductor’s sensor technology. The new device combines Sony’s Time-of-Flight (ToF) image sensors with Leica Geosystems’ GrandSLAM technology (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). Leica claims that the BLK2GO PULSE is the world’s first dual ToF handheld scanner.
To complement the BLK2GO Pulse, Leica Geosystems has developed a streamlined and user-friendly companion app called BLK Live.
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The app runs via a smartphone (iOS or Android). It provides users with an ‘end-to-end reality capture’ workflow. This means users can now capture data from a first-person perspective, with what Leica describes as a unique and immersive scanning experience.
The scanner streams colourised 3D data in real-time to the connected smartphone, allowing them to visualise and assess the captured information instantly.
The BLK Live app also offers smart scanning guidance, providing real-time notifications and instructions to users as they scan. This feature is designed to help optimise scanning practices, enabling users to capture the most accurate and comprehensive data possible.
The BLK2GO Pulse is enabled to upload scans from the field to Reality Cloud Studio, Hexagon’s cloud application for reality capture data visualisation, collaboration, and scan storage. This means data can be accessed from anywhere, facilitating collaboration and enhancing project management capabilities.