On January 12, 2011 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SDForum’s Emerging Tech SIG hosted UC Berkeley’s Avideh Zakhor presentation “Automated, Fast, 3D modeling of indoor and outdoor environments.” She demonstrated technology straight out of the laboratory that you will be using on your phone in a few years.
The most frustrating thing about GPS is that it doesn’t work well indoors. Right now the indoor mapping technology fits on a backpack frame that you would have trouble fitting in overhead storage, but it is loaded with laser scanners, cameras and orientation sensors. A person can walk around inside a building and collect enough data in a point cloud to create a 3D map that could dramatically improve current location based systems (LBS).
As for the future they are currently developing 4D systems that can map human movements at much greater detail than the Microsoft xBox Kinect. I’m wondering if the technology could be made small enough to be worn by rescue dogs searching earthquake damaged buildings or placed on remote vehicles to explore caves.
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