HAMAMATSU, Japan—June 15, 2017—Elysium, a global leading provider of point cloud solutions, announces a major version-up, InfiPoints Ver.4.0, focusing on the overhaul of user interface for better user experience, and the first availability of “InfiPoints for Oculus” for Oculus Rift, a HMD (Head Mounted Display) by Oculus, for pilot users for their evaluation purposes.
Since the first availability back in July 2013, InfiPoints has been deployed in various fields; from manufacturing to construction / civil engineering, and the use case has been expanded to include 1) virtual simulation to study equipment carry-in/out plan, 2) working drawing creation for replacement or expansion of piping systems by semi-automatic modeling from point clouds, 3) data sharing to gain a good picture of construction plan, and align the recognition among project members.
Following the technological development, as well as the price drop, of laser scanning devices and software to handle obtained point cloud data, point cloud utilization in engineering continues to expand, and is moving on to the next phase—production use involving those who are beginners in 3D scanning, or computer learners. To contribute to this growing trend, Elysium is intensively working to accomplish more intuitive interaction and handling of point cloud data.
With Ver.4.0, we focused on improving the user experience by overhaul of user interface—exposed commands in the set of workflow stages. “InfiPoints has matured reflecting industry demands and feedbacks from pioneers to have about 200 commands to facilitate all your needs for point cloud utilization. We believe that this will remove the hurdle to learn a new application, and lead to accelerate the point cloud utilization,” states Kentaro Fukuta, General Manager of Global Business at Elysium.
Another key addition in progress is “InfiPoints for Oculus” for collaboration with VR (Virtual Reality). Wearing a HMD such as Oculus Rift, we instantly get immersed into virtual reality. As well as home uses such as computer games, it is today introduced to manufacturing industry, e.g., to check the designed products or buildings in CAD data.
With InfiPoints for Oculus, you can easily replicate the real world in virtual reality using the 3D scanned data processed in InfiPoints, instead of creating the entire world from the scratch. This allows you to explore within replicated real world, saving time and cost to visit the actual site which can be hundreds kilometers away. Furthermore, visualizing in the VR gives us surprisingly better picture and discovery compared to viewing the same data on monitors, or traditional methods using 2D drawings.
“I am pleased to announce our entry to VR industry, the next-generation technology to change our mindset,” states Atusto Soma, CTO of Elysium. “We strive to contribute to advance the industry leveraging the firm relationship with industry leaders, our best-in-class technology, and our pioneer spirit.”
Key Enhancements at Ver.4.0 and Future Plans
1. Overhaul of User Interface (At Ver.4.0)
Overhaul of User Interface for Better Usability with smooth mouse operation
- Added support for the Windows Ribbon framework
- Exposed command icons in the set of each workflow stage per ribbon tab, and left to right in each tab to match the workflow steps
- Added support for tabbed panel windows to secure a large space for “3D View” window by minimizing panels
2. InfiPoints for Oculus (Scheduled for a release in Dec 2017)
InfiPoints for Oculus offers InfiPoints users a capability to view processed point cloud data in virtual reality using a HMD, “Oculus Rift,” and a controller, “Oculus Touch.” They can also work within point cloud world—attach notes, explore sharing the same view among multiple clients, and more.
Deploying HMD is expected to benefit all project members including designing engineers, onsite engineers, sales persons, and clients—gain a good picture of the plan, and discover many details through VR immersion. This will also ease succeeding the know-how to next generations, proposals to clients, and more.
3. Virtual Simulation of Carry-out Route (At Ver.4.0)
Virtual simulation functionality has been enhanced to allow collision detection between point clouds and a polygon model. This is ideal for planning carry-out route of existing equipment—auto-generate polygons from point clouds, and conduct crash detection while moving the polygon model within point clouds along a pre-defined path.
4. Duct Modeling (Scheduled for a release in Dec 2017)
In addition to equipment, piping systems, and structure, modeling capability has been enriched adding commands for duct modeling—easily model ducts using auto-extracted planes.
5. Added Support for Chinese Interface (At Ver.4.0)
InfiPoints now supports Chinese interface anticipating growing demand in China which is seeing a rapid growth in construction and civil engineering industries.