So if you wonder if this social media stuff works, if blogging is worth it, well my recent post on the Leica 3D Disto wound up on the Leica shore and John Anderson from Leica GeoSytems was kind enough to answer some of the questions I posed. So those of you who were sitting on the edge of your seat. Here ya go.
Why not include bluetooth as almost every laptop, netbook and the new iPad comes with it and seems a glaring omission.
Leica– The interface between the hand held control unit and the 3D DISTO is via WiFi on a dedicated IP address. (You can not tie into the local network and use it that way) The user can select between various channels if there is a conflict with an existing one in the work space and multiple units can be used on the job site together. WiFi was selected for its stability, range, and bandwidth. The software is Leica proprietary and only runs on our hardware however, we can provide the GSI interface to software partners wanting to incorporate the hardware into their specific applications.
How about if it came with an ‘app’ for iPad and Android instead that could drive instead of its own proprietary piece of hardware.
Leica– The 3D only operates on Leica supplied hardware and software. It controls movement, laser, camera, and all software functions including calibration and tilt sensor controls. The wide scope of functionality provided by the proprietary interface was multiple man years work, and it comes with proven Leica quality and stability.
I wonder if you can move it around in the same room because most rooms I know of are not completely open with shots available to every point you needs, and how you would coordinate points for integrated output?
Leica-Yes, most definitely. We include a function called “Secure Location” where the user measures 3-5 points that are visible from the current and proposed position. You can then pick up and move the unit or continue the job tomorrow or next week provided your Secure Points have not moved. A picture is captured of the secure points at time of measurement so that they are easy to reference later on. Additionally, if you want to confirm the unit has not been bumped or moved, there is a “Check Location” feature where you select the image of the secure point and then the 3D will put the laser on the target. If the laser is off target then you know it’s been moved and you can run the Relocation program to correct for the new position.
There is some software available called ‘Room Scan’ but have not seen enough of it to know.
Leica- Room Scan is the primary drawing interface. You can scan horizontal or vertical points plus measure single points using the laser and view screen. When completed, you can export a DXF and view a 3D rendering in most viewers or cad types of programs. There is a great demo of the scanning aspect of this at http://ptd.leica-geosystems.com/en/Leica-3D-Disto_94606.htm Then click Videos tab and 3D room scan. Remember, the 3D Disto is primarily for measuring, recording, and projecting data points. Leica is providing the tools to gather data and export in a universal dxf, csv, txt file formats to the customers choice of application software. How the user manipulates the data after that point is totally up to them.
Okay, but what remains to be seen is this the fill in product between range finders and laser scanners that has found a niche? I now have another question? Can it provide a Room Outline at the specified cut plan? Inquiring Minds. Because that would be a super feature.