Drone Deploy is an impressive piece of software. Following a predefined flight-path, the system captures and analyzes the world below, then transforms the imagery into a 3D model skinned with bitmap images captured during the same flight. The result is a highly detailed, explorable and manipulable 3D terrain and architecture model.
The software has a host of possibilities and is already being used by a soy grower to analyze and optimize crop yields, and a construction project manager who keeps track of multiple distant jobs without needing to visit the site each time.
Another exciting application is to feed the model into a 3D printer of your choosing, for detailed architectural models or terrain maps. That’s what Drone Deploy team member Ian Smith did after capturing a 3D model of his dad’s house. He then printed a tiny sandstone model by outsourcing the job to 3D Hubs. You can read more about the process here.
(via Boing Boing)