Mobile Tech at GEOINT 2013*
For those of you unfamiliar with the GEOINT symposium, it is an annual conference that is hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and is the nation’s leading event of the year for the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. Last year’s GEOINT was postponed last minute due to the government shutdown; instead the event was held in April of this year, hence the asterisk after 2013.
The symposium is designed to “bring together an exciting agenda of keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and provided attendees a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts, share best practices, and uncover the latest developments from government, military and private-sector leaders.”
While the presentations are a large part of GEOINT, to me, nothing is more interesting then walking the exhibit hall looking at all the new technology that companies are showcasing in their booth. While there is always an array of tech that peaks my interest and makes me go “wow,” nothing peaks my interest more then mobile tech.
DotProduct, LLC, developed one of the most interesting things that I saw at this year’s event; a handled 3D scanner that ran on an Android tablet. This device allows you to quickly create a 3D model of an area while out in the field. After you scan the area the software renders the 3D model right on the device allowing you to check your work on the spot.
The product, called the DPI-7 Scanner, was being demoed to us by Michael Quan from Interactive Tactical Group. He stopped by our booth to give everyone a quick demo of the technology. In the video you can see the 3D model he created for us after scanning a portion of our booth in about 15 seconds. He said the technology in the camera is similar to that of the Xbox Kinect and that future versions of the camera will be a lot smaller making it a lot easier to transport and use.
While you will probably not this sort of technology in Fulcrum anytime soon, it is interesting to see the new technology being developed for mobile devices. What interesting technology have you seen make it’s way to a mobile device?