Artec 3D introduces Artec Leo for fast AI-based scanning

The Artec Leo handheld 3D scanner

Artec 3D has announced the launch of Artec Leo, a handheld 3D scanner that can capture and reconstruct significant amounts of data at speeds of up to 80 frames per second (FPS).

The Artec Leo is built around the NVIDIA Jetson artificial intelligence (AI)-driven computing platform and is therefore able to independently select and process large volumes of 3D data onboard without being connected to a laptop or tablet. This means that users are able to watch as objects are digitized into full-color 3D models directly on the scanner’s screen.

Additionally, a nine degrees of freedom (DoF) inertial system—comprising accelerometer, gyro and compass—provides precise information about the Artec Leo's position and environment. This enables the device to understand the difference between the object being scanned and, for example, the surface it is on and the wall behind it, so it can automatically erase unwanted 'surrounding' data.

The Artec Leo offers a large viewing field that—together with its 80 FPS capture and reconstruction rate—is said to make scanning large objects and scenes easy. It can be taken closer to areas of particular interest in order to pick up intricate details, or used to scan small objects, at a 3D point accuracy of 0.1 millimeter.

The scanner's built-in battery-pack for wireless operation, along with its ergonomic grip and balanced design, means it can be used in many hard-to-reach locations.

The Artec Leo features a two-in-one optics system—namely a combined 3D camera and color camera—that is said to afford exceptional precision in texture mapping at the resolution of 2.3 mp.

Also incorporated is a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) light source that makes it possible for the Artec Leo to capture objects in bright outside conditions. This technology has, in turn, enabled Artec 3D to develop a flash system for the scanner that can be adjusted according to the surrounding light conditions for enhanced 3D data capture.

Artyom Yukhin, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Artec 3D, commented: ‘Artec Leo […] is intuitive, mobile and, using our AI algorithms, it captures and automatically processes huge amounts of data, all on a single device that requires minimal training to master. Leo's next-generation platform is a massive breakthrough in the industry and we intend to build upon this success to expand our line of smart 3D scanners. Our goal is to make professional 3D scanning as easy as shooting video for any industry and the Artec Leo is the next big step in achieving that goal.’

The Artec Leo has a built-in SSD drive that has the capacity to store up to 256 Gb of 3D data, although micro SD cards can be used to increase this.