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NCTech Launches The iSTAR Pulsar Virtual Data Capture System

Data is big business. If you’re not sure how big, just aswk yourself how many emails you’ve had relating to GDPR in the run-up to that regulation coming in. Understanding how to utilise virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is also big business, but in another way. Since there is still much to explore and understand. 

iSTAR Pulsar - logoBritish company NCTech, based in Edinburgh, are taking these ideas and expanding upon then, looking to aid in the creation and access of virtual worlds and by providing 360 degree reality imaging systems to streamline workflow of image documentation that can even be used in a remote setting. Their latest effort in this area has been the introduction of a brand new virtual data capture system designed for capture on the move. It’s called the iSTAR Pulsar, and it’s out now.

“iSTAR Pulsar is designed to capture 360 degree data while mounted on a vehicle, drone or on foot. The system is designed for ease of use and does not require any photography experience or even a computer to operate. The iSTAR Pulsar app provides the ability to plan routes, as well as to view and share content online.” The company say in a press release. “iSTAR Pulsar is designed specifically for the task of capturing moving 360 degree data and was developed in association with Sony and Intel. The system can be used in a range of industrial and smart city applications.”

Product details are listed as follows:

  • Unparalleled 11K spherical resolution defines iSTAR Pulsar at almost twice the pixel resolution of standard 8K spherical systems, delivering a 60.5 megapixel panoramic image.
  • Pre-calibration to sub-pixel level combines with an advanced depth analysis algorithm ensures the most accurate panoramic stitch possible in a mobile platform.
  • Optimised for mobile platforms, iSTAR Pulsar adjusts capture rate during processing to provide a consistent distance interval spacing, minimising data storage and processing requirements.  Weighted metering analysis ensures zones of high interest are perfectly exposed.
  • Fully automatic post-processing pipeline includes an optional automatic horizon stabilization feature to rectify any pitch and roll induced when capturing on foot.
  • Rugged design, weather resilient and shockproof, with built-in high accuracy GPS and IMU sensors to ensure effortless direct integration to GIS systems.
  • Advanced symmetric and asymmetric encryption technologies ensure end-to-end data security from capture to delivery.

NCTech showcased the iSTAR Pulsar earlier this week at the Geo Business Show in London and will also be demonstrating their product at the upcoming SPAR 3D Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California early next month.

“With just a tap, iSTAR Pulsar provides fully automated 360° panoramic image capture. It’s not a camera in a traditional sense – it is capturing huge amounts of high resolution data that is connected to our vast cloud processing pipeline, offering a fully automatic workflow from capture to delivery.” Commented Neil Tocher, the Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of NCTech.

VRFocus will bring you more news on developments in the capture and use of information 360 degree very soon.