It’s quite amazing how fast technology is moving with all the ideas and collective brains being put to work to make our industry more efficient. Not to mention how much more accessible services are trying to become for the clients who have little to no knowledge of the tech, especially with the emerging XR (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality) field continuing to grow.
That said, Arago is a portable photogrammetry solution being created by Rigsters. A hardware and software package that aims to make digitizing real world objects a quicker, easier task, while maintaining, even potentially increasing, the quality and efficiency of 3D scanning. At first glance the are some definite pros that come to mind.
Quality photogrammetry rigs can sometimes be made up of somewhere from about 60+ DSLR cameras all set up in a dome like contraption, synced up and evenly lit to take a picture of the subject. You can imagine the hassle and set up of having to purchase, maintain, transport, or even just find a space to house the entire rig of cameras, lights, and wires. From what we can tell, Arago is so portable and efficient that it’s definitely something to keep an eye on while it’s being developed. The pre-scan is a great feature that lets you adjust the scanning zone and tweak the overall output quality. The software itself seems to be packed with tons of other features as well, allowing processes such as auto pathfinding and focus stacking.
A few minor questions did come to mind as to if there would be potential for full body scans/head scans, price for purchase and software licensing, lighting, etc. All of which could probably be done in a live demo with Rigsters. Either way Arago seems to be a clean and impressive piece of hardware and software for the digital industry, and we can’t wait to see where it goes.
If you’d like to look into detail about Arago, or contact Rigsters you can do so at rigsters.com/arago
Let us know what you think about it! What’s your experience like with photogrammetry? Is this something you’d use in your pipeline? What other pieces of developing technology are you looking into and excited for?