Representing the third largest segment of the PC peripherals market, scanners transform hard-copy pictures or text into digital data for use in a wide range of applications.
CSIRO’s proprietary imaging technology may be applied, to extend the scanning capabilities, of scanner, photocopier and fax machines, to include 3D images of the visible surfaces of small and low depth of field objects capable of being placed on a scanner. Users will then be able to choose to alternate scanners between 3D and normal modes of operation.
The range of potential business and consumer application areas for 3D scanning applications will be limited only by the imagination. Examples include 3D object presentation for:
Or if you have an idea for different applications, please let us know.
The goal is to make our 3D scanner the first low cost 3D scanner, positioned to exploit the consumer mass market for conventional flatbed scanners.
Our product will create a new industry segment for low cost 3D scanners of small objects.
3D flatbed scanner technology could bestow a company with a competitive advantage making it possible to engage in the release of innovative new flatbed scanners and photocopiers commanding a price premium over both brand and low cost competitors, whilst generating renewed demand for flatbed scanners.
In addition the technology would provide an imaging company with a low cost entry strategy in to the 3D imaging market, as well as the means for growing this market through the creation of the first mass market segment for 3D imaging products, whilst leveraging established demand for conventional flatbed scanners.
Pointing to obvious product bundling options, 3D images may be viewed or represented using:
Manufacturing requirements for incorporating the imaging system into conventional flatbed scanners are low, meaning that 3D scanners will have low incremental manufacturing costs over conventional flatbed scanners and be easy to produce.
CSIRO’s 3D imaging system is protected by an Australian provisional patent. CSIRO also intends to file an International Patent Cooperation Treaty application.
CSIRO is interested in having discussions with manufacturers to discuss the options for the exclusive or non exclusive license or sale of this technology for use in the following domains
C. Sun, R. Beare, K. Cheong, B. J. Jung, and M. Kim, Stereoscopic Flatbed Scanner. Journal of Electronic Imaging, 18(1):013002, January-March 2009.
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