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Installing and Starting

Hi All,

I am new to the community and keen to get started.  Unfortunately (or fortunately however you see it) I have got a Macbook air and am a first time user so getting my head around terminal is doing me in.  When I use pip ecosynth it can't find the package.  Any experts able to help?  As a reward once we get started I can add data for South East Queensland Australia....



Added by Wes Davidson on February 9, 2015 at 5:45am — 3 Comments



Added by Walter Volkmann on January 16, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

1 Bit Squared - Hand held autonomous copters

Check out these cool little hand held copters from 1 Bit Squared that offer GPS-programmed autonomous flight in a tiny little package.  Equipped with a nano-cam, maybe these could provide a great super-portable tool for rapid site mapping.…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on November 19, 2014 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

Magic Numbers, Panama Edition.

After seeing Thorsten's post I was quite jealous about the flight times he was getting, so I was really excited when we got in a 53 minute flight yesterday with a new modified copter design here in Panama.…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on October 10, 2014 at 10:21am — 7 Comments

Magic Numbers (Update II)

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 min.

However, since then a lot of things changed - first…


Added by Thorsten on September 3, 2014 at 8:29am — 3 Comments

An Overview of Ecosynth's Web Resources

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 want to explore.

The following websites host Ecosynth's…


Added by Will Bierbower on August 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

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

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 camera so that a user can image heat and temperature differences.…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on August 23, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

An Introduction to the EcosynthAerial Python Library

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…


Added by Will Bierbower on August 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

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

Added by Hector Tarrido-Picart on July 14, 2014 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Potomac Photonics 3D Prints UMBC Campus Scan

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…


Added by Stephen Gienow on July 1, 2014 at 8:18pm — No Comments

3D Vegetation as Art Experience

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…


Added by Erle Ellis on June 28, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Phone cameras with optical image stabilizer comparsion

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:



Added by yingying zhu on May 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A few animations of the full campus scan

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.…


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

Flight Training with Eric from Princeton

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 quickly, and I'm happy to say that in two days he went from zero…


Added by Stephen Gienow on April 27, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Turning mobile phones into 3D scanners

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…


Added by yingying zhu on April 24, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Greetings from Wake Forest

Hello all,

It has now been a few months since I met Jonathan at AGU, and I have been meaning to get active in this community since then, but I am finally getting around to it. I suppose it is better late than never. As an introduction, I'll give you guys an overview of what we're doing here at Wake Forest University.

Our UAS program is run out of the Department of Biology by myself, a master's student, and 2 faculty members. We also involve 2 undergraduate…


Added by Max Messinger on April 22, 2014 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app:

A new mode in the Google Camera app:  It lets you take a photo with a shallow depth of field using just your Android phone or tablet. Unlike a regular photo, Lens Blur lets you change the point or level of focus …


Added by yingying zhu on April 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Opening for Drone Ecology Research Intern in Panama

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, collection of auxiliary field data (e.g., linking…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on April 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ecosynth Wiki Update & Training Workshop

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 (GSD).



Added by Dana Nadwodny on March 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Desire paths in the snow

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…


Added by Patrick Hixenbaugh on March 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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