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CDR to develop “CDR IMAGING” with new faculty/technology

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The University of Kansas’s Center for Design Research has recently been experimenting with a SpheroCam system from Spheron-VR AG, Germany. Spheron-VR AG are known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software.

The 32-bit HDR camera system is capable of producing seamless HDR images for Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) work (such as the Ford Fusion example below) together with measurement data which can be utilized in both forensic / crime scene documentation and infrastructure documentation (CDR infrastructure case study also shown).

The CDR based Spheron system also features the Spheron ScanLight system, which allows scanning in pitch black locations, using the fully portable, battery powered equipment.

The technology and opportunities came with our new Associate Professor Huw Thomas. Prof. Thomas has used and gained expert knowledge of the system at his former faculty position in the UK, and is now our faculty member in Industrial Design.

The CDR will now begin to build an awareness of Prof. Thomas and the Spheron system to entities both internal/external to KU that will have needs for its unique applications.

You can find out more about the Spheron system by contacting Huw Thomas at 785-840-6455 or huw@ku.edu. You may also contact the Director of the CDR directly.

Car in CDR

Above ‘CDR’ Ford Fusion computer model rendered in Mental Ray by Prof Huw Thomas. More information about the process can be found here »

Set up of System

CDR ‘FrameWorks’ study by Prof Huw Thomas showing plan view (left) with equivalent ‘camera view’ on right. Note dimensions within image.

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