The Leica BLK360 has won a CES 2017 Innovation Award. The BLK360 is a miniaturized 3D imaging laser scanner that weighs about a kilogram. It captures full-color panoramic images overlaid on a millimeter accuracy point cloud. It shoots 360-degree high dynamic range (HDR) spherical imagery and combines it with a millimeter accuracy 3D laser point-cloud. It is designed to simplify the reality capture process - the BLK360 has only one button. A complete 360° laser scan with panoramic image capture and transfer to the iPad Pro requires 3 minutes. BLK360 was created in tandem with a new version of the Autodesk ReCap 360 software that runs on the Apple iPad Pro. It is intended to enable users to easily create, share and manipulate accurate 3-D models.
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. With an anticipated retail price of the scanner and software is $15,990/€15,000, this imaging scanner lowers the entry barrier to precision laser scanning.