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Indiana Drone Goes 3D!

Academics at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and University of Bergen (Norway), are using remotely operated flying drones with 3D stereoscopic cameras to scan rock formations in remote areas in order to better understand what lies beneath the surface and improve understanding of subsurface reservoirs.

The drones consist of a gyroscopically stabilised body with up to eight rotors and carries two cameras which allow it to collect stereoscopic 3D imagery.

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Pciture by John Howell, University of Aberdeen 

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A Chinese 3D Stereoscopic Camera Landed on the Moon

China’s ambitious lunar space exploration program achieved a stunning success on December 15, 2013when the countries inaugural Chang’e-3 lunar lander and its Yutu (Jade Rabbit in Chinese) rover beamed back portraits of one another snapped from the Moon’s surface – that also proudly displayed the brilliant red Chinese national flag shining atop an extraterrestrial body for the very first time in human history.

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Yutu seen from Chang'e-3 on the moon. Picture Credit: China Space

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Gaia, One Billion $ One Billion Pixels 3D Camera

The European Space Agency (ESA) is sending the $1.2 billion Gaia mission to space to catalog a billion galaxies, stars, and planets in the next five years. The super resolution map of the sky will thus cost on dollar per star... With one billion pixels, the camera designed by Astrium is the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission.

The dual telescope will orbit around the L2 Lagrange point (which is located 1.5 million km from the Earth in the anti-Sun direction) and will scan the sky continuously with is super-huge CCD camera for five years. The main sensor is a mosaic of 106 credit-card size CCD devices (4500x1600 pixels each) with a total area around 0.5 x 1-meter (1.6 x 3.3-foot).

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Gaia's Focal Plane Assembly. The CCD is the red/blue/green mosaic rectangle; light comes from the right.

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3D Theatrical Manoeuvres in the Dark

A super-sensitive camera is developed by Ahmed Kirmani at MIT labs that may one day change the way we shoot pictures in 3D. The new camera records photons from the scene one by one, meaning it can see in almost complete darkness. The new system is 100 times more sensitive than state-of-the-art LIDARs.

The new process uses existing photon-detector technology, but applies a new algorithm to extract the maximum possible information from each reading and assemble that info into a 3D model of the surroundings.

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MIT 3D Detection Camera is Able to See Transparent Objects

Three MIT students developed a 3D camera that could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming. Compared with Microsoft's Kinect the new device is a clear winner -at least outdoors- as it is not fooled by rain, fog, or even windows and translucent objects.

The camera was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong.

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