Just over a week ago I drew a Friday 8am reservation for the new iPhone and upgraded as I do for the camera and increased storage alone. The new Apple reservation process was easy as I was in and out with the new phone in 5 minutes and had the first Apple 7 Plus Black matte for the Portland store I was at. After having used the phone for just over a week I have a few personal observations.
The positives for me:
The negatives for me:
Bottom line personal opinion:
This is a great phone and while I have used many mobile platforms over the years including Blackberry, Android, and WinCE, the iPhone is still my choice until the next big thing comes along. If you re an iPhone user with a 6S you might wait for next year but if you have a iPhone 6 or older then the 7 offers enough of an improvement to upgrade.
If you have done a lot of 3D laser scanning or LiDAR you know how waiting to see if the scan is done can be sometimes a hide and seek game to not get caught in the scan and photo. On a recent project the FARO scanner caught me as evidenced by the point matching when merging scans in Autodesk ReCap Pro. Laser scanning systems take photos at the end of a laser scan so that it can bake the color of the pixels into the points in the point cloud. After doing a lot of scans I guess I was getting impatient, exhausted, or just guessing wrong if the scan was completed.
This past weekend I hiked hiked on the North face of Mount Hood in Oregon up to the alpine meadows via the Pinnacles and Vista Ridge trail to Elk Cove about 10 miles and 3000 feet vertical. It was an a amazing hike but I have never seen Mt Hood without so much snow. It is usually covered in places by glacier snow and ice fields year round. Part of the hike passed through a forest fire affected region ( Dollar Lake Fire 2012) and it was nice to see that nature is coming back with an amazing contrast of blackened trees and bright colored wildflowers..
I hope you made the most of your weekend, now lets get this week going as Autodesk University registration is opening this week.
I have been on sabbatical since mid-June and returned to the Autodesk Lake Oswego office this morning – a little too bright and early. I absolutely love working for Autodesk and truly appreciate that they still believe in giving employees a real disconnected break every four years to rejuvenate and reflect and come back with a reinvigorated energy. I feel rested, relaxed, and ready for many great products, projects, and events and of course more blog and social media information and fun. Luckily for me. the local office has Stumptown coffee cold brew on a nitro tap here in the office, as I need it.
Autodesk even supplies our Oregon employees with park passes to check out to use and even some tents and gear for those who need some extra gear to use to escape the office and the city.
What did I do for my sabbatical? I did the regional staycation this sabbatical vacation choosing to stay on the West coast of the US in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, and Idaho. I spent my time visiting family and friends, hiking, camping, playing, beer festivals, music events, resting, reading, hiking, SCUBA diving, swimming, river floats, flying, and all around seriously enjoying the summer. I even sold my sports car and went total Portland style and got a Subaru and in only one month put 5000 miles on it.
Here are a couple photos from my sabbatical.
So glad to be back and so ready.
Have you ever wanted your own 3D skull or other unique object? Now you can make any 3D model you create or find on the web into a real physical 3D object of cardboard or clay without a 3D printer. Check out this tutorial created by David of Make Something using the free and fun Autodesk 123D Make to create a full size 3D skull. You can create some really cool abstract sculptures from cardboard as well. You could use Autodesk 123D Catch or Autodesk ReMake formerly known as Autodesk Memento to generate a 3D model from photos then create the cardboard or clay version in real life. Great for education and also great for Halloween props.
A few years back I created some replicas of some human (hominid) fossil skulls from Northern Kenya from http://africanfossils.org which are great teaching tool to allow any classroom to study fossil specimens for little cost. I always intended to create a tutorial on how we created the cardboard skulls but never got around to it.
Thank you David for creating the tutorial.
Recently I edited a 3D model and created a quick video in Autodesk ReMake (formerly Autodesk Memento.) The 3D model was generated using Autodesk ReCap 360 Pro from photos taken last month using an UAS/drone in the hot windy Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley California. The ability to create 3D textured models from aerial photos opens up many possibilities in design, construction, and site mapping. Autodesk has released specific features in ReCap 360 Pro named Fly that allow you to create point clouds, geolocated maps, incorporate ground control, and automatically create orthographic images.
Short video created by Autodesk ReMake of the model.Download Trona1aerial-720p-bk (336MB)
Autodesk ReMake turns reality data into hi-resolution 3D meshes for design & engineering workflows and so much more. It has been a long journey to this point and many new features and great feedback along the way from Memento users.
Read the message from the product manager and Mother of Memento Tatjana Dzambazova.
Memento graduates to Autodesk ReMake!
Mammoth skull was being worked on by Fossilogics founder Brock Sisson when I captured it using photographs and then generated the textured 3D model..
Comparison of Autodesk ReMake Free versus Pro
For general product inquiries contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a 15 day trial available from http://remake.autodesk.com/try-remake Windows version is available now with Mac version on the way.
Today in Autodesk ReMake I edited a model and created a quick video from a 3D textured model generated from photos taken last week with a UAS/drone in the hot windy Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley California.
I also published some of my models to the Autodesk Online Gallery.
Autodesk ReMake will continually evolve as it has through preview and beta but now as an official product. Congratulations and thank you to all Memento users and the Memento Team!
While I am sharing a photo of the hot desert, I might as well as add for contrast last weekends hike in Oregon’s Opal Creek.I wished I could have swam in that creek today with the heat of the Southern California desert.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend, I certainly did enjoy mine. It has been almost a year since I moved back to Oregon. I am certainly enjoying the outdoors and being back here after 18 long years away.
Yesterday I spent the day hiking up Eagle Creek just past the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls. There were even two guys in helmets and wetsuits attempting to swim down the rain fuelled creek over the falls. The day ended in Hood River Oregon with Big Horse Brew Pub for great food and a rye beer, Logsdon Tasting Room for the infamous and rare Peche ‘n Brett gold winning angelic fragrant peach beer, then my favorite Double Mountain Brewery. If you are ever in Oregon or Washington state, you certainly must spend some time hiking in the Gorge and then in Hood River even if only to watch the windsurfers on the Columbia River.
I am already looking forward to next weekends outdoor adventures. If you are headed up this way sometime in the future, give me a holler for some tips and suggestions, a trail partner or point you to the finest beverages brewed from the earth.
Such a visually stunning story with a very important educational angle about the ocean by Sly Lee and the 501 (c)3 non-profit organization The Hydrous. The Hydrous do what they proclaim by “communicating science beautifully.” They were recently in the Maldives in December 2015 and generated highly detailed 3D textured models of corals using Autodesk Memento to study changes occurring in our oceans.
Here is one of the 3D coral models generated from photos in Autodesk Memento.
Check out “The Hydrous Maldives 2015 Expedition ” by The Hydrous on Vimeo
“In December 2015, The Hydrous returned to the Maldives to conduct their follow up expedition after the 2015 El Niño. But this time, we invited technologists, scientists, photographers, engineers, designers, and local conservationists and citizen scientists to join.
In 10 days, participants learned about coral reefs, exponential technologies like 3D modeling, conducted wide scale fish surveys, 3D captured reefs, and brainstormed and developed an island ambassador program with local youth in just a few days!”
Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!
It was 83 years ago today that the Golden Gate Bridge construction was started.
Did you know there is a hidden elevator located in the North tower that takes you to the top crossing span and the top of the tower?
Here are a couple photos of the bridge that I took last Spring. The bridge stretches from San Francisco to Marin County California.
Article on SFGate.com 83 years ago today, construction started on the Golden Gate Bridge
Two of my photos of my New Years Day sunrise in Portland. This is my first New Years Day back living in Portland in 18 years. What an amazing sunrise start to 2016, but so very cold. I am looking forward to a great 2016 as it has certainly started out with so many good things for me to be thankful for.
Just prior to sunrise with a long exposure photo.Taken from Pittock Mansion viewpoint in the West Hills.
And the first sunrise of 2016 in Portland Oregon.
Thank you to all the readers of Between the Lines and may you and yours have the best 2016.
|Autodesk Memento for Windows Beta |
3D model of fossilized skull of wooly mammoth.
|Autodesk Memento for Mac Beta|
3D model of a pine cone casting.
Autodesk Memento beta is now available natively for the Mac platform!
This is really big news as popularity grew fast about Autodesk Memento several Mac users were anxiously awaiting to use it natively on their OS. In addition to the addition of Mac supported version there has been a great deal of bugs squashed and features added.Between us, I don’t think this team sleeps.
“Autodesk Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting any captured reality input (photos or scans) into high definition 3D meshes that can be cleaned up, fixed, and optimized for the Web, mobile or 3D printing / fabbing.”
Read more here: http://memento.autodesk.com/about
Autodesk University 2015 was last week in Las Vegas and perhaps all the photos in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have scrolled into history.You can view and share photos in the Flickr Gallery. I am continuing to post some of my AU2015 photos there and you can too for free.
View or add your AU2015 Photos Today
A little piece just went live today about some of my work researching reality capture using UAV/UAS. The sky is no limit in Reality Capture and Computing where the cloud takes on two important and powerful meanings.
I just returned 3 days ago from another project involving UAV flights that I can’t wait to share details with you, but here are a couple unrelated aerial images from that trip to Bali Indonesia.
-Shaan (suffering from jet lag and guzzling coffee)
Recently I replicated a silver necklace pendant of a very sentimental pinecone using Autodesk Memento which converted standard photos into a 3D model. I then 3D printed the model on an Autodesk Ember 3D printer and plan to then cast in pewter or silver an exact replicae.
The pinecone pendant on a necklace was originally created as a silver casting from the real pinecone given to a mother by her oldest son. It was a really heart warming story why and I wanted to see if I could digitally capture and preserve it in 3D and then we could create something equally special for her son.
I took about 50 photos using my iPhone and then using using Autodesk Memento generated a textured 3D mesh. I then filled any holes and then exported a STL to 3D print on the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
Now we have a digital 3D model to replicate her necklace in multiple materials and more importantly to digitally preserve the keepsake forever.
Here is the original silver necklace pendant. I placed the clasp of the pendant in a small ball of clay to hold it up while I photographed it.
The 3D pinecone prints from the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
The goal is to soon create an exact copy of the original pendant for Amy’s son in silver as a special keepsake. They also get the model of the original kept safe for essentially forever digitally to create others.
Creating digital copies of existing objects whether sentimental or complicated is extremely easy with photogrammetry.
For the past four days I have been enjoying a trip to Utah with my girlfriend Amy to visit my mother, my 3 kids, and some friends. It was so great to visit with friends and family but also get to show Amy around a place she had never visited. We did so much in 4 days including lunch at my favorite Mexican mole spot The Red Iguana,haunted house fun, Park City, Brews and Blues festival at Snow Basin to see my friends and Andy Frasco, dinner with friends, a hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Not only was it the first time Amy had seen Northern Utah, but it was the first time meeting my mother, my kids, and some of my friends. It went went very well but I think everyone likes her better than me.
I took some Portland Oregon treats to my kids including 3 pints of the famous Salt & Straw Ice cream (Carmel Sea Salt, Blue Cheese and Pear, and Bitter Orange and Olive Oil), a box of VooDoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew, and some Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I was really concerned transporting ice cream on the flight but researched that you can use 2 pounds or less of dry ice in a labeled container as long as it was frozen solid and your airline was cool with it (pardon the pun.)
Yesterday morning Amy and I went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Ski Resort area to enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the amazing fall foliage which was coming to an end.
More photos on my Instagram feed
It was so very good to see my kids who are now 14, 21, and 24. One thing I learned, don’t leave your phone alone around your teenage daughter as they will take selfies when you are not looking. The bonus is I have some great photos of my daughter.
It was nice getting back to my Hood which is Mount Hood in Oregon. I love the welcome view of Mount Hood on the flight home.
In the past 24 hours Autodesk has launched a new Memento Gallery where you can publish your Autodesk Memento 3D models for others to view or even download. I published models up there to test it and it works very well.
How to publish tot the gallery:
Create or load a model in the free beta of Autodesk Memento for Windows (Mac version in testing now)
I loaded a model of a Sea Cockroach I created from a series of photos I took at a marine research station in Puerto Morelos Mexico in June 2015.
With the most recent Memento beta build 18.104.22.168 from yesterday you get an option in the side menu to
After publishing you can view and can view and if the author can edit the details. https://memento.autodesk.com/projects/sea-cockroach
You can follow gallery users and I am https://memento.autodesk.com/users/shaan-hurley
Give the new gallery a try to share your 3D models, free currently.This is perfect for artist, museums, engineers, archeologists, really anyone creating 3D content for viewing and preserving. I am not sure of the file size or storage limits at this time.
OK the jury might still be out if I am an alien life form, or not. Last night I had a funny out of this world experience while practicing and testing flight control technologies with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at dusk in NW Portland’s Cathedral Park. The park is located near the amazing and iconic St Johns Bridge.
I had just landed the UAV when a group of 6 (sobriety-claiming) adults young and old tourist came running down the path breathing heavy after running. One of them exclaimed “there is the UFO!” They told me they had been up on the hill by the bridge when they spotted a flying craft that the father suspected “was not of this world and flying at 1000 miler per hour, as well as transformed shapes and blinking colored lights.”
I showed my new excited friends the UAV (aka UFO) and flew it for them as they all laughed and took photos. I took the opportunity to educate them and explain how it all worked and that it was indeed of this Earth. I also pointed out that I was only flying 20mph and not 1000 mph as they guesstimated. They said they had been recording the “UFO event” on their phones as proof to assure their place in UFOology fame and all the fortune. It was a fun demonstrating the UAV and answering their questions and detailing the positive uses of such an alien looking camera carrying robot such as how we at Autodesk are researching the aerial platform capturing 3D geometry to be used in design, construction, 3D model creation in addition to our past with search and rescue projects and flying in Kenya in addition to using the UAV as a really great camera and video documentation tool for projects.
The nice folks even took their photo with the debunked friendly UFO with me as the friendly alien abducting their camera to take their photo as well as snapping a photo with the UAV. Most people might get concerned about a UAV such as privacy and I educate them on their uses and the responsibility of the pilot, but the concern of the UAV as a UFO was a new one to me.
-Shaan (aka possible alien life form)
Last evening myself and Autodesk colleague George Hudetz met up at a park while I flew a UAV/UAS to practice flying skills as well as capture some photos and video of the landscape from an aerial perspective. The location was just South of Portland Oregon and just to the West of Wilsonville Oregon at Graham Oaks Nature Park. Looking at a tall Douglas Fir forest from above at low 200-300 feet altitude is always amazingly to me and thought as we start this weekend I would share.
It may look like a garden view of small fractal plants but these are large 200 feet tall trees.
Some video flying over.
Recently I visited Colleen Flanigan an artist working to save the Mesoamerican reef and some marine biologists at the UNAM University in Puerto Morelos Mexico. While there I saw a skeleton of what was called a “sea cockroach” or “sea roach” which appeared similar to a slipper lobster and was about 8 inches in length. I was there training scientists on how to capture objects like corals as 3D models for study using only a camera. I photographed the sea roach exterior shell with my regular DSLR Canon camera and used Autodesk Memento to auto-magically generate the 3D textured models of the sea roach. The shell was a perfect example of something that would be time consuming to model in 3D from scratch but where photogrammetry would shine and shine it did.
Screenshots in Autodesk Memento
The textured model with the mesh displayed.
The surface model view
The cool x-ray visual style of the model.
Close up images.
Nature is an amazing designer..
So give the currently free Autodesk Memento a try to capture models in 3D for fun, inspiration, digital prop, 3D printing, making things, or for memories.
On May 7th, 2015 a small team of us descended on the city of Atlanta Georgia to perform some research comparing terrestrial laser scanning of the exterior of a building to the results of photogrammetry using UAV and ReCap 360 and then the combined model from both processes. Comparisons of the data looked at the accuracy and tolerances in both methods as well as the combined results which as you can guess is twice as good and neither was uniquely superior in all respects as they actually compliment each other very well..
Trenton D. Turk Bradley Cash
Mike Gemmell Shaan Hurley Dennis Martin Dominique Pouliquen
On June 12, 2015 the results were presented in a webinar that was recorded and posted to YouTube. The webinar covers some of the equipment and methods we used to generate the 3D dataset of the building as well as answers some key questions and some best practices..
ReCap Blog with news and future webinar info http://www.recapproduct.com/
ReCap YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/autodeskrecap
It was a great flying the project and meeting the partners involved..
So many times when you say the word “drone” people think of negative things or when you mention UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) people think of annoying flying toys and privacy issues, but they are so much more and far more positive uses that unfortunately get less coverage.
As a veteran UAV/UAS pilot for Autodesk, I use UAV/UAS mostly for capturing photos and video of architecture and to generate 3D models using technology like Autodesk Memento or Autodesk Recap 360 or using the UAS to document a research project we are working on or researching with a partner. Autodesk actually has a company policy due to the potential liabilities or regulation compliance and not just anyone can fly as an Autodesk employee without training and approval. We have flown various models of UAV/UAS all over the world.
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Some photos and video from the search Sunday July 5th, 2015