Leica launch new BLK2GO mobile spatial 3D scanner

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Those readying the factories of the future or simply trying to better plan out their workspaces should probably take note of the latest handheld 3D scanner from Hexagon’s Leica Geosystems.

A wireless handheld imaging laser scanner captures 3D environments while the user is in motion, and continuously creates a digital representation of reality in the form of 3D point clouds – perfect for judging how to set out your additive manufacturing set-up, let alone whether it will fit through the front door.

The BLK2GO’s compact and handheld design allows a much greater degree of mobility, and a simple, one-button operation and a lightweight design, it is easy to use for professional and casual users alike.

It is designed for onsite surveying teams, and combines two-axis LiDAR with visual SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) technologies – giving it spatial awareness to know where it is and where it has been in space and will accurately follow a user’s trajectory while scanning.

When used with the iOS app, users can get live feedback while scanning, check the device status, or do quick data inspection.

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“The BLK2GO is the next step in the BLK series to democratise technology and create reality capture tools that are intuitive and accessible to users in many industries,” said CTO of Hexagon’s Geosystems division Burkhard Boeckem.

“The BLK2GO is a major leap in technology and advances the powerful yet simple design of the BLK360 and offers much more speed, efficiency and mobility for users.”

The BLK2GO is expected to be available in October 2019 and follows on from the BLK360.