A Consumer Scanning Device in Home Design

Low cost 3D scanning technology combined with the Voxxlr cloud based modelling software is a powerful new design tool for end users. This article illustrates how a scanning enabled smartphone can be useful in residential home design.

The Voxxlr 3D Scanning App running on a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro with integrated Google Tango depth sensing technology was used to map an entire backyard in approximately 10 minutes at 0.5 cm resolution while collecting about 10 million sample points. The resulting point cloud contains a detailed description of dimension, topography and fauna, creating a realistic backdrop upon which to place additional content.

The Voxxlr web interface was used to perform the design by taking measurements and adding content. Accurately scaled models of a pool and other backyard accessories were obtained from the public repository at 3D Warehouse. The following link leads to the final design in the Voxxlr editor where you can examine the site from different viewpoints or experiment with your own ideas. Please keep in mind that the site works best using the Google Chrome browser.

The combination of 3D scan and scale models provides an understanding of the finished backyard that would otherwise be difficult to obtain until all of the items have been installed. Besides the obvious constraints such as the size and placement of the pool, the model also reveals the need for retaining walls, the possible placement of wiring and piping, landscaping constraints, etc.

While this example uses a consumer smartphone with limited scanning capability, the Voxxlr cloud infrastructure also supports the massive data sets collected by commercial laser scanners containing over 500 million points. There are 1000s of scans to explore at www.voxxlr.com.