We work with the latest technologies on a continous basis, and this spring, in connection with an R&D development project for a customer around digital photogrammetry, we have achieved some truly incredible results. For example, with a modern smartphone camera we have made a 360 degree video of a coffee bag placed on our office floor, enabling us to go into a 3D viewer and see the photogrammetric image as a 3D object afterwards. So far, our customer is very satisfied with the development, and our R&D team is working tirelessly towards the final launch of an app solution later in 2021.
Our CTO, Luan Nguyen, says about the development project:
“Our work with digital photogrammetry of objects up close is demanding for our development team, which has had to acquire a lot of new knowledge in the field during the development project. Not only does this underline the high professional level of our development department, but also our dedication to constantly being at the forefront in the use and application of new technologies to promote innovation.”
WHAT IS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAMMETRY?
Digital photogrammetry is a technology where we use computers to make measurements of objects based on photos and/or video. More specifically, digital photogrammetric software is most often used to analyze photos and/or video in order to recreate spatial conditions. Although digital photogrammetry is often used to create topographic maps of a landscape, it has also proved useful in other industries such as architecture, police investigation and even plastic surgery.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Digital photogrammetry works by taking a series of photos or a video of an object from different angles, for example via a smartphone. With advanced software and computer calculations, we can then generate a 3D model of the object by connecting a swarm of digital dots with small lines and imitating the object’s texture/surface. In this way, we transform an ordinary photo / video production into a spacious 3D visualization.
WHERE IS THE TECHNOLOGY USED?
Today, digital photogrammetry is used in many different work areas, including industrial design and production, engineering, land surveying, sports, agriculture and more. For example, the technology has been particularly useful with drones within the construction industry as to monitor the progress of the construction project and carry out inspections of the construction site. The accuracy of the 3D models also means that they can be used to measure distances, areas and volume. Also within public security, digital photogrammetry has found great usefulness in connection with documentation and re-creation of crime scenes, taking evidence and being able to give investigation units, forensic pathologists and jury members a better picture of what has taken place.
Use our viewer below to see a 3D model of the aforementioned coffee bag (use the mouse to rotate):