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OpenSpace takes drone capture to new heights

by Sion Geschwindt

OpenSpace has formally announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, a dual 360° camera that can be attached to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones.

While OpenSpace has supported drone capture for its site reality capture platform since 2021, this new integration makes drone capture easier and more scalable, it said in a press release yesterday.

Sphere joins a growing list of capture technologies supported by OpenSpace’s platform, including 360° cameras, drone cameras, mobile cameras, and LiDAR scanners.

Neel Sheth, VP of Product at OpenSpace, explains: “Ease of use is at the core of OpenSpace’s platform. Our customers have been attaching cameras to drones for years, and our dedicated support for Sphere will simplify and improve their experience.

“We want OpenSpace customers to be able to capture in a way that aligns with their workflows and goals, and extending our drone support through this partnership will further enable exterior captures to be seamlessly integrated into our platform.”

With two cameras, one upward facing and one downward facing, the Insta360 Sphere integration produces a 360° view of a job site.

OpenSpace is currently beta testing captures with the Insta360 Sphere to further improve capture processing, calibrations, battery life, image quality, ease of installation, elevated captures, and the multitude of angle selections.

Support for Sphere will be generally available to customers later this quarter.

Max Richter, VP of Insta360, commented: “With Sphere, builders are able to seamlessly capture high-resolution footage of the job site, without having to worry about factors like stabilisation or editing out the drone body.

“We’re excited to partner with OpenSpace to bring an affordable, easy-to-use drone camera to builders to capture the full job site.”

With OpenSpace Capture, users attach cameras to their hard hat, drone, robot, or other apparatus, and walk the site as they normally would.

Once the video is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace’s computer vision technology stitches images together and pins them to the floor plan, creating a visual record of site progress.

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