Capturing Reality Capture
The reality capture configuration of our compact inspection robot, the GPK-32 4WD (Wheel Drive) makes capturing data faster, easier, and a lot more fun. With a small form factor, this robot can also get in places humans, especially when toting a tripod, just can’t fit. Most companies that implemented reality capture quickly see the potential and get a strong ROI from it, but they struggle to capture the data because it can be a laborious process without a robot.
For construction companies, reality capture technology provides virtual walkthroughs of construction jobsites and progress monitoring, which reduces schedule delays and costly rework. It also documents your team’s progress, which some building owners require and it helps share information regarding RFIs with the design team.
For facility managers, reality capture creates virtual walkthroughs of your facility. Some reality capture software (not included) provide timelines to see changes made in the environment, asset management, and task management.
Reduce work hours spent doing this task
Why use a robot to handle this job? One of the biggest complaints about recording a site is the amount of time it takes. It’s a repetitive process involving moving a camera and tripod, finding a place out of view, taking a photo, then readjusting the tripod several feet and moving back out of view. It can take hours out of a busy worker’s schedule!
However, if a robot is manning the camera that time can easily be cut in half. A worker can remotely position the robot, snap a photo, and continue moving. Forget the hassle of moving a tripod and getting out of the way of the camera every time you take a picture. Now you can easily move your camera and get your photo all while staying out of the camera!
Benefits of Using a Robot for Reality Capture
- Desirability: The biggest reason to use a robot for reality capture is to have your team want to capture the data. Driving a robot around a jobsite or facility is a lot more fun and faster than using a tripod or handheld unit so the task gets done consistently.
- Accessibility: This robot’s small size allows it to fit in tight spaces that a tripod can’t reach.
- Efficiency: Capturing the same data using the same camera and reality capture software is faster with a robot.
- Profitability: Reality capture software can’t deliver the ROI you’re expecting if you can’t capture the data. A robot gets the job done quickly.
Already Have Reality Capture Software
Most of our customers utilizing this remote-controlled reality capture robot already have a preferred software like Matterport, Holobuilder, or Drone Deploy, and a 360° camera that they want to screw onto the robot’s mast. They use their software and camera the same way they previously did, but instead of holding the camera or using a tripod, they now use this remote-controlled robot. Their camera mounts to the robots using a standard 1/4-20 camera thread (male and female adapters). They’re looking to expedite the time it takes to capture data easily or simply not be in the 360° photos anymore.
An example of a virtual walkthrough of a commercial office using Matterport.
New to Reality Capture
If you’re new to reality capture, we have 360° cameras available for sale and you can use the software native to that camera to get your feet wet in reality capture. For some customers, that 360° video is perfect for their use case and others want to import the 360° data capture into a reality capture software. Our robot works with any camera that attaches with a standard 1/4-20 camera thread (male and female adapters) and that data can be imported into almost any reality capture software.
An example of a 360° inspection of a drop ceiling using the 360° camera’s software.
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