Posted by Radu B. Rusu |
Urban Robotics Inc., a leading provider of three-dimensional (3D) imaging sensors, software and algorithms, today announced it is making its highly scalable, spatially searchable and colorized 3D octree-based point cloud format available to the Point Cloud Library (PCL) community.
Willow Garage launched PCL in March 2011, to help accelerate 3D algorithmic work related to robotic applications. It is free for research and commercial use. The addition of Urban Robotics's software code to PCL lays the foundation for the creation of a standardized format for large-scale 3D applications. An example of such large-scale dataset representing a reconstruction of Mount St. Helens is shown in the video below.
Urban Robotics developed its octree-based format to efficiently store and manage point cloud data, and to address challenges related to the rapid processing of massive 3D images during daily operations.
"The main challenge with supported LAS and XYZ point cloud file formats is that…