Real life examples

We’re at the final stages of this research, and it demands a couple of real life applications that can readily be used or are used already.

So far we have had 3D interfaces as interaction devices with computers. But they’re also measuring tools! Land surveyors nowadays measure one single point at a time, making it a time consuming job. The next big thing, is to move it to the full 3D experience. The measuring device is placed and seconds later a digital model of the environment is available. Any other measurements can be done on a computer system later on.

One specific example of land surveying is the conservation of architecture. “What?” I hear you say. Yes it is! Architecture, monuments, history etc. In time we have lost a great deal of those constructions because of earthquakes, bad maintenance, sour rain and many other causes. We can technically preserve all of them, but the lack of funds is a killer. Most of those constructions don’t exist on paper: they were built and no documentation about them is present. Ben Kacyra (see video) is promoting the digitization of all of these constructions by the means of a laser based 3D scanner.

Even if you don’t have the means to go to Ankor, you can check it out at


3 Responses to Real life examples

  1. Bart Minne says:

    What wasn’t the first thing in mind but this sounds really interesting! Hopefully this application, in time, would be as accessible as Google Earth and Google Street view is today. But although this is great, I don’t really see the link between 3D interaction of a user and preserving history. Could you enlighten this for me?

  2. There is none, or at least not in a first stage. This is yet another way to use 3D cameras and shows where it is applicable. Also, it creates 3D content, which can further on be discovered by a user that has a 3D camera.

    • Bart Minne says:

      Thank you!
      So if I’m correct it would be a virtual environment in which the user could walk using 3D interaction. Would it be correct to describe it as an ‘extra’-interactive Google street view version? Sounds exciting!

      I don’t know if you are familiar with the TV-series ‘Bones’. But in that series they use a face-rebuilding program starting from the bone data they have. I assume it would be something like that but instead of using bones they use fundaments to create buildings.

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