$500 Room Scanning – Part 3 “The Truth is Out There, Somewhere”

LEICA3DThe search continues.  The $500 structure scanner is not ready for primetime.  You can refresh your memory by reading my last blog HERE.  The scanner was $500, but you need an iPad and a computer to make it work.  The software is in early stages of development rounding out the difficulty in its use.  This all makes it impractical for our colleagues to use on a regular basis.  After all, I am in search of a solution that you can use on your job sites without the need of an IT department or a truckload of money from your banker.

Las Vegas was huge this year with all of the winter  shows combined in the same week to include the Builders Show and KBIS, and LVWM which drew over 125,000 attendees, as I understood it.  I thought that surely there would be someone there showing off bleeding edge technology that addresses this problem.  Well, there were folks there with solutions to the problem, but they also had flyers included in their materials for bankers with truckloads of money just to make it easier for you to purchase.  To be fair, their target market is the cabinet industry where a capital investment of $10,000 – $15,000 may make sense if you can get five years of service life and cut you labor expense.   These systems were very cool from a tech perspective and highly accurate, but I think it is far too expensive for most designers and the window treatment industry in general.  Leica has an incredible laser system solving problems for other parts of our industry and click here if you’d like to see what they are doing.

structuresensorI think that the mobile device industry is where the next development may come from.  Here are some interesting videos that show what the direction that developers are going:

*iPad measurement app that helps measure distance from the device to a target. Click Here

*This team uses patterned light camera to measure 3d objects. Click Here

*This group has a hand held scanner that has been featured on CBS’ television show CSI. Click Here 

 Bottom line, the solution isn’t here yet. The  problem is being worked on in different ways, but none yet seem to be focused on our particular question.  Until then we’ll just have to “do the math,” as they say. I  intend to keep digging, and I promise to let you all know just as soon as a solution presents itself. I ask you to reach out to me if you come across it.

IaMG952013120795130248956402-150x150.jpgRory Buske is an Information Technology professional and an entrepreneur. He has served in the Arizona Army National Guard as an Artillery Officer, in the private sector as a Technology Entrepreneur and currently works for Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware. His storied experience covers many aspects of business to include banking, health care, six sigma, celluar telephone retail, technology, manufacturing and the design trade. He is a Native Arizonan residing in Chandler. He serves as the ASID Promotion/Retention Chair and is actively involved in the design community.

1 Comment on this Post

  1. Rori,
    Great article about scanning-Thank You!
    Interestingly enough I would like to see this technology in reverse. Even if these laser scanning devices work as promised you still have to render the files and make a presentation(unless you are doing a large-scale new build) showing the final product for retail clients. Which can take many different forms and styles.
    What if a device created the room as we want to design it right in the customers own home-virtually? Without the need for the heads up display. I am sure that most of us would agree that getting our clients to visualize is most of the battle in the communication aspect of the client relationship. We love our technology.

    Looking forward to new posts.


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