Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., is now introducing two concept apps running on the latest tablet platform of Google’s, www.google.com, Mountain View, Calif., Project Tango program, an initiative to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
These applications, SketchUp Scan and Trimble Through The Wall, demonstrate innovation for construction professionals and future jobs.
For example, SketchUp Scan employs depth sensors on the Tango device, which helps users to quickly capture a room, apartment, or entire floor in 3D and automatically create an editable model. Construction industry members will appreciate that this model can be shared by email or on a variety of social networks, including Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. And the model also can be uploaded from the Tango device to the 3D Warehouse, Trimble’s platform for posting and sharing 3D models.
While many 3D applications for smartphones and tablets capture the full scope of a room, SketchUp Scan has the advantage of creating an editable 3D SketchUp model. With the ability to edit the 3D model of the space right after the image capture enables users to add features—from windows and doors, to furniture, office equipment, or nearly anything else—this new innovation has millions of 3D models available in the 3D Warehouse.
Trimble Through The Wall leverages the tracking capabilities of Tango devices to reveal what is located inside walls and other structures. CAD (computer-aided design) or 3D BIM (building information modeling) software data, such as Tekla Structures, can display and overlay pipes, electrical wires, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) infrastructure on top of walls, at their correct location.
As concept applications, SketchUp Scan and Trimble Through The Wall are running on the Project Tango Tablet development kits. And these development kits are provided by Google only to professional developers, providing a “sandbox” in which developers can experiment with various concept applications.