OTIS (Omnidirectional, Three-Dimensional, Imaging System)

OTIS makes Photogrammetry Easy

Practical photorealistic 3D capture and display has been an elusive goal since the first stereoscopic viewer was built in 1838. Because of the rapid evolution of digital camera technology over the last twenty years, automatic 3D capture and display is finally becoming a practical reality. OTIS combines our patented omnidirectional stereoscopic camera system with mature machine vision algorithms, standard 3D modeling tools, and current computer video display hardware (GPU). We improve the quality of our 3D output by enhancing camera optics and speeding up image capture. We use custom software to enhance the compatibility of our 3D output with mainstream 3D software like 3D Studio Max, Google Earth, and Google SketchUp.

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Omnidirectional Scene Acquisition IEEE Research Paper

Digital 3d/360 Degree Camera System Patent

3D Gallery

GitHub – Open Photogrammetry

ETH 3D Photogrammetry Benchmarks

Precision Details Win Top Place

2024: Reached #1 out of almost 500 in Tanks and Temples 2D to 3D benchmark
2022: Reached #1 out of almost 200 in ETH Photogrammetry 3D benchmark (2 years later that submission is #5)
2020: Built & tested 32-camera prototype
2015: Discovered passive 3D scanning. Started using a DJI drone & Agisoft MetaShape to make 3D models.
2011: Stared migration to Linux, OpenCL, and AMD APUS (APUs have CPU & GPU on the same chip and can efficiently share memory)

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3D Model Gallery

Adapted GaussianSplat3D Viewer

Behind the Scenes Gallery

Milestones of Steuart Imaging Systems:

2024: Our software reached #1 out of almost 500 in Tanks and Temples 2D to 3D benchmark 
2022: Our software reached #1 out of almost 200 in ETH Photogrammetry 3D benchmark
2020: Built & tested 32-camera prototype. Realized that we needed to make custom software.
2015: Discovered passive 3D scanning. Started using a DJI drone & Agisoft MetaShape to make 3D models.
2011: Started migration to Linux, OpenCL, and AMD APUs. APUs share CPU & GPU memory efficiently.
2010: Continued building camera array prototypes and 3D software
2008: Programming team started using CUDA 1.0 to speed up image processing ~10x
2006: IEEE 3DIM Research Paper with University of Virginia
2006: Began developing skills in HDR photography
2005 to 2018: Built several original camera-array prototypes with cameras, lights, servos, and lasers.
2003: Filed 3D-360 Patent to fix limitations in panoramic photography (2D-360s)
1996: Started making panoramas (2D-360s) with Apple’s QuickTimeVR 1.0
1987 to 2002: Designed & managed computer & networking systems for up to 1,000 person company.
1984: Designed/Built 8-bit computer system (sensors, servos, and pump) with Motorola 6800 and code in assembly.

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About the Team

Skip Steuart The inspirational leader of the Steuart Imaging System’s team of programmers, engineers, scientists and mathematicians. Skip himself can be described as all of these things. He has worked tirelessly on the development of OTIS, his Omnidirectional, Three-Dimensional, Imaging System for over 20 years. https://www.linkedin.com/in/3d360/

David Koller Stanford Computer Science Department & Computer Graphics Laboratory. David has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford. His research activities are in the areas of computer graphics, visualization, computer vision, and human-computer interaction. He has been particularly interested in the acquisition, analysis, and interactive display of large graphical datasets. Some specific research projects, with links to papers and websites, are included on his page at Stanford: https://graphics.stanford.edu/~dk/

Tony Pike Cisco Systems Development Manager. Tony has worked as a Senior Software Engineer. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-pike-7080141/

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