This autonomous flying laser scanner can capture detailed dimensions of structures, buildings, and other hard-to-reach (or dangerous) areas. It’s not a drone, because you don’t have to pilot it. Instead, the device uses radar sensors, cameras, and GPS—all packed into a compact carbon and glass fiber frame—to create what Leica Geosystems calls “3D digital twins,” while navigating around any obstacles such as trees and wires. “It takes less than 10 minutes to create a model of a New York City high-rise,” says Burkhard Boeckem, chief technology officer of Hexagon, which owns Leica Geosystems. But it’s for more than just the world of architecture, engineering, and construction: BLK2FLY, which went on sale in April, has been used to monitor structural safety across 160 acres of Italy’s Archaeological Park of Pompeii.
- Zero-COVID Protests in China Have Rattled Global Markets
- Column: Diversity Initiatives Are Failing the U.S. Muslim Community
- Why European Countries Are Giving Teens Free Money To Spend on Books, Music, and Theater
- Republican Skepticism of Trump Has Never Been Higher
- Column: The U.S. Prison System Doesn't Value True Justice
- How Green Is the Qatar World Cup’s Outdoor AC?
- 16 Funny and Whimsical White Elephant Gifts Under $25
- The 5 Best New TV Shows Our Critic Watched in November 2022