United States   |  2020

BLK2GO: The first wireless handheld scanner

Entrant Company

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon

Category

Product Design

Client's Name

Burkhard Boeckem

Sub-Category

Digital & Electronic Devices

The BLK2GO is the industry’s first wireless handheld imaging laser scanner that continuously creates digital reality, allowing users to scan environments while in motion. It allows users to scan spaces, structures, and objects simply by walking through the space while holding the lightweight device. This includes complex indoor environments and hard to reach spaces.

The primary users of the BLK2GO are architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals. Other users include location scouts and visual effects engineers in media and entertainment, and surveyors and plant managers.

The use of digital imaging laser scanning among AEC professionals continues to rise due to its ability to preserve and protect historical sites, accurately scan spaces and document as-built conditions, and save significant time and resources. Yet many firms still rely on outdated technology or are hindered by a lack of skills, the cost of digital imaging products, the bulkiness of the hardware, and the quality of output. The BLK2GO addresses these challenges with a simple, handheld device that captures the space while the user is in motion and can be used with no specialized training.

Behind the scenes of the media and entertainment industry, reality capture technology can be used for location scouting, set documentation, and creating immersive audience experiences, such as AR and VR, and visual effects. Imaging laser scanning is emerging as a necessary technology in the entertainment industry, and the BLK2GO makes the process faster, easier, and more accurate for location scouts and VFX pros.

Surveyors and plant managers extend the value of their existing terrestrial laser scanner workflows with the BLK2GO. It provides faster scanning, scanning of hard-to-access spaces for tripod-based scanners, the ability to quickly re-scan any missed or incomplete areas during a project, and data that can complement scans taken by terrestrial laser scanners.

Credits

CTO, Hexagon
Burkhard Boeckem
Vice President, Product Design
Matthias Weiser
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