Australia: Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have developed a device which uses laser beams for generating 3D maps. The innovation has been recognised at the 2013 Australian Museum Prizes.
Paul Flick, mechatronics specialist with CSIRO, and his team of six scientists have developed the Zebedee 3D mapping system which works without a GPS tracker. The device uses laser beams and springs to generate a 3D profile up to 30 metre around itself. Zebedee has won the technology prize for its innovation in allowing mapmakers to electronically map areas as they walk through them. “The Zebedee means we are able to map areas you couldn”t map before because it would take too long,” said Flick. Flick plans to make a smaller and more portable version of the Zebedee 3D mapping system.