Interior Mapping Quad, like in the drones from the movie Prometheus

From BoingBoing blog, without much background

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Comment by Ian Painter on July 9, 2012 at 11:26pm

virt line scanning IR maybe? looks like it. probibly with something like this but i imagine it would be IR rather than a green laser. medium to high wattage fiber coupled IR lasers are pretty cheap these days and a low res IR camera would work nicely for a sensor. using a line lens and a small mirror attached to a motor you could get a 360 scan simply by rotating the quad/cam around once per each area. you would just need the program backing it to convert it into a 3d reprisentation. matlab should work but i dont think it would do it in real time. http://www.instructables.com/id/3-D-Laser-Scanner/

Comment by zach w on July 10, 2012 at 6:09am
hokuyo UTM-30LX, some more info in http://mrsl.grasp.upenn.edu/rss2011workshop/resources/Shen.pdf they also tried a kinect.
Comment by Tian on July 11, 2012 at 7:47am
i saw a small demonstration of it just yesterday at upenn. I will try to post some pictures i took of their lab when i get onto a computer

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