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

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Magic Numbers (Update II)

Posted by Thorsten on September 3, 2014 at 8:29am 2 Comments

Hi All,

a year ago I posted about the maiden flight of Stephen's concept design for a long endurance hexa. It was fun building it and it was a reliable system with flight times of up to 35…


An Overview of Ecosynth's Web Resources

Posted by Will Bierbower on August 28, 2014 at 5:30pm 3 Comments

Over time, Ecosynth has established several web resources related to its mission of developing tools to measure vegetation in three-dimensions. With today's advent of the EcosynthData data-sharing site, now may be a good time to inventory Ecosynth's currently available web resources that people may…


Can I borrow your IPhone... for forest thermal imaging?

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on August 23, 2014 at 9:57am 0 Comments

I read about the new FlirOne personal Thermal infrared (IR) imager / iPhone attachment in the SkyMall magazine (I know!) on a recent flight and had to check it out.  This little gizmo attaches to an iPhone and sends a Thermal IR signal to the…


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:…




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