Arithmetica has launched a new version of the SphereVision 360-degree imaging software with support for NCTech’s industrial grade iSTAR panoramic camera. SphereVision Project Builder now allows iSTAR users to capture measurements directly from within a spherical image. With applications including forensic evidence collection, as-built surveying, asset management and construction, for example, the new functionality is designed for iSTAR users who want fast data capture within their existing work flow.
“SphereVision Project Builder allows users to create truly immersive and interactive 360-degree environments with integrated documents, plans and layouts, as well as additional visuals and audio,” says Mark Senior, business development manager at Arithmetica. “The ability to easily capture and share measurements from iSTAR imagery takes professional applications of 360 imaging to the next level, and we are excited to become one of the first members of the NCTech Integrated partner community.”
The ability to capture measurements from iSTAR 360-degree imaging is in addition to the existing functionality of SphereVision Project Builder. The 360-degree imaging software already allows for the integration of 360 media with maps, plans or layouts, that can used to create an interactive view by linking rich media such as video, audio and documents.
The new version follows a partnership agreement with NCTech. The arrangement with the Edinburgh, Scotland-based developer of reality imaging systems welcomes Arithmetica into the NCTech Integrated partner community and allows for the integration of a new software development kit (SDK) for measurement within the SphereVision Project Builder software suite.
The new NCTech Measurement Module allows users to take measurements from within an iSTAR spherical image by combining a stereo pair of images. The SphereVision integrated module also allows the measurements to be viewed within the SphereVision Project and exported as part of an image file for viewing and sharing, using the free SphereVision Project Viewer.
“We have developed the NCTech SDK in response to requests from users who want a faster way to generate measurements from their existing recording systems,” says Neil Tocher, chief technology officer at NCTech. “Our open strategy makes highly valuable functionality, like the Measurement Module, more universally and synergistically accessible from within third party software, like Arithmetica’s SphereVision.”
SphereVision develops spherical and 360-degree video solutions. 360 video systems are able to record a real-world environment in all directions at the same time, capturing every aspect of the scene in one go. When the video is played back on a laptop, mobile device or over the Internet, viewers can pan around the image, moving through and exploring the site as if they were there. Footage can be integrated with floor and site plans using the company's innovative software, and the high-resolution 360 imagery can also be integrated with online mapping.
Arithmetica specializes in 360-degree imaging solutions and automated laser scanning data processing software. Located at Shepperton Studios near London, Arithmetica is the company behind SphereVision and Pointfuse. Arithmetica is a software house that develops software solutions to solve real-world scientific, medical and engineering problems. Arithmetica builds on more than 30 years of television and film production to develop software for clients around the world.
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.