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

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An Introduction to the EcosynthAerial Python Library

Posted by Will Bierbower on August 15, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Ecosynth has been developing a python library called "EcosynthAerial" that contains some utilities we think could be helpful to people running SfM point cloud workflows with Photoscan or Ecosynther. In this post, I'll show you how to get the library, give a quick overview of its structure, and introduce a couple functions that we've found to be particularly helpful in our own work.

Getting the Library

The Ecosynth library can be installed…


Data Processing Workshops - Ecosynth and Harvard University's Urban Wild Lab Penny White Project

Posted by Hector Tarrido-Picart on July 14, 2014 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

We have been waiting for a while to post and have found time now, only after a hectic semester up in New England. We wanted to go over what the Ecosynth and the Harvard University - Urban Wild Lab Penny White Project covered while we were down in Baltimore during the Spring of 2014.

First, let me say this. The team at Ecosynth is doing some cutting edge stuff; and by that I don't mean the flying a copter and putting into Photoscan. There are many other groups… Continue

Potomac Photonics 3D Prints UMBC Campus Scan

Posted by Stephen Gienow on July 1, 2014 at 8:18pm 0 Comments

While looking into starting our own 3D scanning service, Lindsay and I were introduced to Potomac Photonics; they printed our campus scan as a proof of concept for micro printing 3D scans.  Read the whole story at Potomac…


3D Vegetation as Art Experience

Posted by Erle Ellis on June 28, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

3D vegetation scanning is more than just science!  Joanie Lemercier asked the Ecosynth project to share some of our vegetation scans that are now included in her Nimbes project, which "explores the ontology of observation and its…


Phone cameras with optical image stabilizer comparsion

Posted by yingying zhu on May 31, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

To advance our research on tree stem mapping using ground-based cameras, we need to acquire high quality videos on the ground using cellphones with optical image stabilization technology.  Up to now, I have found 3 phones with this capability:…


A few animations of the full campus scan

Posted by Stephen Gienow on May 17, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

I recently figured out how to animate models I've exported from Photoscan, so have a few animations I've made of the campus scan.

At Jonathan's request: sun paths.

The summer solstice.…


Flight Training with Eric from Princeton

Posted by Stephen Gienow on April 27, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Another training complete!  Eric Principato came down this weekend for flight training.  We covered everything from mission planning to copter repair to Photoscan.  Eric is starting a position analogous to mine, as the lab mechanical engineer for Dr. Lyndon Estes.  Eric picked up piloting…


Turning mobile phones into 3D scanners

Posted by yingying zhu on April 24, 2014 at 6:52pm 0 Comments

This project develop a system which allows users to build interactively 3D models of real-world environments by means of mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers. Regarding the repid progress in mobile technologies, this methodology bears tremendous potential by offering unprecedented interactivity and mobility. In particular, the feedback, provided to the user in the course of reconstruction, can assist his movements in order to construct a 3D model with the…




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