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Hexagon 2012 is in the books. When asked about the recent Blom investment Hexagon CEO Ola Rollen noted it was a good business deal while providing access to valuable geospatial data. He also hinted that hosting data may be a new business opportunity for Hexagon.
You might accuse me of drinking the "Kool Aid", but I believe the promised integration between Leica Geosystems and Intergraph is starting to take place, driven as much by customers as Hexagon. It's evolution, not revolution, but what's wrong with creating customer driven solutions?
The emphasis in this issue is on augmented reality. This to me is the next important technology area which as you will see in the video has direct links to 3D laser scanning and point clouds. Please drop me a line with any thoughts or suggestions.
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Point Clouds and the Accuracy of Augmented Reality
Mobile augmented reality is by all accounts one of THE hottest topics to enter the mobile arena in some time. The idea behind augmented reality is relatively simple: overlay contextual or computer modeled information on top of real-time streaming information in context (and usually in 3D), and voila, you?ve got augmented reality. There are plenty of examples in the consumer space where mobile augmented reality is being used for ...

Video of the week
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Augmented point clouds
A glimpse of how point clouds can be used as the background for engineering grade augmented reality applications running on a tablet. Is there any ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Helsinki Tram Survey Project: Mika Salohahti ? In the early summer of 2011 Terrasolid Ltd. performed a LiDAR survey of the City of Helsinki Tram Network. Helsinki Tram Company had three objectives for the project. Firstly, they wanted to get 5 cm accurate track geometry and other asset information to populate the maintenance management system they?re now piloting ...
LiDAR Data Consumability: Thad Wester ? I stumbled upon this pdf this morning. Assembled in 2010 by FEMA, it attempts to outline all the LiDAR data collected in the United States that theoretically is accessible by anyone who wants it. The amount of collected LiDAR is vast; and the paper outlines future projects (which are now completed) which increase the size and ...
Elizabeth Lee 
Xochicalco: Field Report: Elizabeth Lee ? The week of May 14th CyArk kicked off a multi- year program with Mexico?s National Institute for History and Anthropology (INAH). The program, titled the Sacred Cities of Ancient Mexico involves the digital preservation of 11 major UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Mexico, including Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, and Palenque. The ...
LiDAR Magazine - Volume 2, Number 3 (May/June)
? Revealing the Secrets of Stonehenge Through 3D Digital Modelling ?
? Connecting the Dots: An Interview with Tom Greaves ? The Pace of Change ? High Accuracy Survey with a Helicopter ? Mobile LiDAR 2D/3D/4D Interoperability ? FARO User Conference ? It's About Time...and more!
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3D Laser Mapping Celebrates International Growth
Leica Geosystems and GeoCue to Develop Innovative Workflow Solutions
Unitil Corp. Implements GeoDigital?s Vegetation Management Solution
Blom Signs Strategic Contract to Supply High Accuracy LiDAR Data
New ERDAS IMAGINE® Features Enable You to Better Understand LiDAR Data
Point Clouds and the Accuracy of Augmented Reality
AVEVA World Summit 2012 is launched
Leica Geosystems to Host Professionals From More Than 70 Countries
MAPPS/ASPRS to hold 2012 Joint Specialty Conference
Seiler Instrument Offering Innovative Technologies for Mobile Data Capture
Helsinki Tram Survey Project
Hexagon Acquires Minority Stake in Blom ASA
CAIPros Now Delivering Automation Services for 3D Inspection and Metrology
Hexagon Metrology Launches New ROMER Portable CMM
Creaform Launches Completely Redesigned Website
Professor Gus Nathan Opens Maptek Mining Technology Conference
Tips on Purchasing a Laser Scanner
Working the Graveyard Shift ? Literally
LIDAR Best Practices: Part V ? Intermediate Surface Classification
Trimble Announces Call for Speakers for its Dimensions User Conference
Tramway Scanning in Helsinki
ASC?s 3D Flash LIDAR Camera Chosen for OSIRIS-REx Return Asteroid Mission
Bluesky Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Optech Announces Successful Completion of Field Trials for CZMIL System
Dewberry to Revise USACE Manual for Photogrammetry and LiDAR
International LiDAR Mapping Forum Launch Call for Papers
Real-Time Simultaneous Precise 4D Surveying Above and Below Water
ESTEIO and SIMEPAR Work in Partnership Using UAV
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