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Ecosynth develops low-cost user-deployed open-source systems for scanning ecosystems in 3D using:

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Opening for Drone Ecology Research Intern in Panama

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on April 5, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

There is an opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) for an intern to collect high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Responsibilities will include assembly of UAVs, maintenance and repair of UAVs, weekly operation of UAVs to collect images, processing of collected images,…


Ecosynth Wiki Update & Training Workshop

Posted by Dana Boswell on March 31, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The last few weeks have been an exciting time for the Ecosynth Project with the release of a greatly updated Wiki and a successful training workshop for folks from the Harvard Graduate School of Design…


Desire paths in the snow

Posted by Patrick Hixenbaugh on March 25, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Snowfall can be beautiful and informative from 80 meters altitude. With snow on the ground, we can see how people travel through their environment, shaping it along the way.

View the whole scan area (13 MB, hosted on box)

After a UMBC snowfall on March 5th, the EcoSynth octocopter took flight to…


OktoKopter Wiring

Posted by Mark Berube on March 12, 2014 at 11:12am 6 Comments


My name is Mark Berube, I am an Graduate student at UMass Boston and I am building an Octocopter using the parts list listed under v3.1 Hybrid Mikrokopter-Arducopter Octocopter. I was curious if anyone has or knows how to get the wiring schematic of how everything is wired, or knows where i could find it. Ive got the frame built and have the parts but I am stuck on how to wire everything up.

Any help will be greatly appreciated

Semper Fi



Ecosynther v0.8 released!

Posted by Marc Olano on March 12, 2014 at 11:08am 1 Comment

We are happy to announce the release of source code and an Amazon EC2 AMI instance of the Ecosynther v0.8 SFM pipeline.  Ecosynther is a free and open-source computer vision structure from motion (SFM) software package that can be used to…

Full Campus Scan With Octo

Posted by Stephen Gienow on February 4, 2014 at 8:00am 12 Comments

Warning: Lots of hi res images!

This is my Ecosynth scan of the UMBC campus (view in interactive 3D!).  I've been thinking about doing a large combined scan like this one for a while, and this…


Ecosynth - An Open Source Project for Computer Vision 3D Ecology

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on January 16, 2014 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

I've just finished updating the licensing information for a large part of the Ecosynth project content online.  The content on the following Ecosynth websites is now available under Creative Commons Attribution…


Forest Cruising on a Smartphone

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on January 10, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Do more with your smartphone than just looking at cat videos - a group from Finland has developed an app for forest timber crusing using your phone's camera and accelerometers.…




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