Leica Geosystems has announced the “BLK360,” a miniaturized 3D imaging laser scanner. The BLK360 captures full-color panoramic images overlaid on a high accuracy point cloud. The one-button Leica BLK360 and included Autodesk software is intended to be easy to operate so that anyone who can operate an iPad can use the imaging laser scanner. It is incredibly small - it weighs only about a kilogram.
It collects 360,000 points per second and has a range of 60 meters with 4 mm accuracy. In addition to a LiDAR sensor, the BLK360 includes infrared sensors for thermal imaging and 360° cameras. It is completely wireless and streams image and point cloud data to an iPad. A complete 360° laser scan with panoramic image capture and transfer to the iPad Pro requires 3 minutes.
With an anticipated retail price of the scanner and software is $15,990/€15,000, this really lowers the entry barrier to laser scanning.