US: Velodyne and Paracosm, a division of Occipital, have announced that the two companies have joined hands to integrate Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck LiDAR sensors into Paracosm’s PX-80. The PX-80 is a powerful handheld 3D scanner commonly used for geospatial, construction, and industrial applications to survey a wide array of spaces from large office buildings to thick forests.
Paracosm’s PX-80 uses Velodyne’s VLP-16 Puck and its own proprietary SLAM technology, which is itself a fusion of LiDAR, color imagery, and IMU data, to produce detailed three-dimensional documentation of complex environments and geometries in minutes. The resulting point clouds come in full color with corresponding spherical imagery that can provide virtual tours along with accurate 3D measurements. With the light and cost-effective VLP-16 LiDAR sensor from Velodyne, Paracosm is able to offer a handheld scanner with unprecedented accuracy, range, and detail.
“When we first began our 3D mapping journey, we wanted to be able to capture huge environments as fast as possible, but were limited by the range and accuracy of available sensors,” said Amir Rubin, President of Paracosm. “After searching far and wide for a better solution, we found that the VLP-16 was the best combination of size, accuracy, and functionality to fit our needs,” he added.
“Paracosm has proven its ability to expand the application of LiDAR into handheld use cases, allowing the PX-80 to become one of the most accurate and versatile mobile 3D scanners on the market,” said Mike Jellen, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Velodyne LiDAR. “We are thrilled to partner with Paracosm for their development of the PX-80 and look forward to working with them as they expand their footprint.”
As the VLP-16 is the smallest commercially available sensor in Velodyne’s LiDAR portfolio, it is the easiest to embed in other products. “The performance of the VLP-16 is unrivaled in the marketplace. We remain deeply impressed with the range, acquisition rate, noise levels, and accuracy it provides in such a compact form factor,” said Gannon Wilder, who leads Business Development in the Paracosm division.