NCTech has announced two new developments for its industrial-grade iSTAR panoramic camera. The company is demonstrating these developments at the SPAR 3D conference and tradeshow this week in Houston.

Designed for rapid 360 degree imaging, iSTAR is a panoramic camera that precisely captures full spherical immersive images and high-resolution panoramic data streams for fast, efficient visual documentation of an environment.

Measurement Module

NCTech has developed a new software development kit (SDK) for measurement. This enables iSTAR users to take measurements from directly within a spherical image by combining a “stereo pair” of iSTAR images. NCTech is providing the SDK free of charge to enable third parties to build the measurement capability into their own software.

With an accuracy of approximately 0.1 to 1 percent (i.e. 1-10 millimeters across a 1 meter length), the measurement capability is intended for applications in architecture, surveying, construction and forensics. Key benefits to the markets include iSTAR’s high speed of capture and the ability to rapidly cover large areas on-site and take measurements later.

“In situations that do not require the accuracy of a laser scanner, being able to quickly capture reasonably accurate point-to-point measurements from within an iSTAR panoramic image is a very useful capability,” says Neil Tocher, CTO of NCTech. “We have developed this SDK in response to customer enquiries who have indicated that a faster way to generate measurements would be of interest.”

Arithmetica, the company behind the SphereVision suite of software, is one of the first to integrate the iSTAR SDK for measurement.

“By supporting the iSTAR we are now able to offer users of SphereVision Project Suite the ability to capture accurate measurements from 360-degree images captured in stereo pair mode with the iSTAR camera,” says Mark Senior, business development manager at Arithmetica. “This is in addition to the existing functionality that allows them to integrate maps, plans and layouts and enhance with links to other rich media such as video and audio to build an interactive view.”

FARO scan colorization integration

NCTech’s ColourCloud software has been integrated to allow direct import of raw image data from iSTAR to colorize scans captured by FARO laser scanners, all within the FARO SCENE software environment.

“We are committed to making colorization of laser scans as easy as possible, and the best way to do that is to ensure that users can do everything from within their familiar software environment,” says Cameron Ure, NCTech CEO. “This new integration for FARO users follows on from our recent Leica collaboration and we look forward to announcing further integration developments in due course.”

NCTech is an exhibitor at SPAR 2016, located at booth 314.

About NCTech

NCTech designs and manufactures 360-degree reality imaging systems that automate and streamline the workflow of image documentation and can be used repeatedly, accurately and consistently by anyone anywhere. NCTech is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is funded by Archangel Investors Ltd and the Scottish Co-Investment Fund.