Minolta Makes 3-D Imaging Affordable with New VIVID(TM) 300 Digitizer, An Advanced, Economical 3-D Non-Contact Scanner

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minolta Corporation Instrument Systems Division

    MAHWAH, N.J., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minolta Corporation Instrument
 Systems Division (ISD) introduces the VIVID 300 3-D Digitizer, an economical,
 portable, non-contact surface and color texture digitizer designed for
 workplace and remote location uses.  It's as simple to use as a camera and
 fast enough to capture moving objects, including human faces, without
 blurring.
     Minolta is the world's largest manufacturer of 3-D non-contact digitizing
 instruments.  In 1997, it introduced the award-winning Minolta VIVID 700 3-D
 Digitizer, the first, and still the world's only, totally self-contained,
 portable surface and color 3-D scanner capable of fully autonomous operation.
     The new VIVID 300 model has plug-and-play compatibility to almost any PC
 or laptop.  Using an intrinsically safe Class 1 laser-light stripe
 triangulation, the VIVID 300 digitizer scans an object in 0.6 seconds and
 inputs the captured shape data and color texture maps into a computer.
     Non-contact 3-D digitizing greatly speeds the overall digitizing process.
 With the VIVID 300 3-D Digitizer, an object's image is captured in 200 x 200
 (40,000) range points for surface mapping and in 400 x 400 (160,000) point
 color texture mapping.  A single scan covers x, y axes range from 185mm x
 185mm to 395mm x 395mm (7.3in x 7.3in to 15.6in x 15.6in), and a user can
 merge scans to cover even greater areas. The digitizer is supplied complete
 with a sophisticated utilities software package that provides easy alignment
 and merger of multiple scans; and enables smoothing, decimation, and hole
 filling.
     Weighing just 16 pounds, the VIVID 300 is ideal for mobile scanning, with
 a field of capture from 7.5 to 15.75 inches square.  Typical applications
 include:
      -- Video game development and animation
      -- Anatomical, medical, and forensic imaging
      -- Industrial design/rapid prototyping
      -- Moldmaking and modeling
      -- 3-D web content and E-commerce
      -- Museum archiving
      -- Architectural and interior design
     The VIVID 300 supports a wide range of software systems including:
 Alias|Wavefront Maya, 3D Studio Max, Raindrop Geomagic, Softimage, Lightwave,
 RapidForm 2000, OpenInventor, VRML, and more.
     For additional information on the Minolta family of VIVID 3-D products and
 accessories, contact Minolta Corporation, Instrument Systems Division,
 101 Williams Drive, Ramsey, NJ 07446.  Phone:  888-ISD-COLOR (USA only) or
 201-529-6049.  Fax:  201-529-6070.  Email:  vivid3d@minolta.com.
 Web:  www.minolta3d.com
     For a selection of 3-D graphics to download for this story go to:
 http://www.minolta3d.com/press/main-en.asp
 
     CONTACT:  Marsha Cade, 610-660-9960, mcade@marshacade.com
 
 

SOURCE Minolta Corporation Instrument Systems Division
    MAHWAH, N.J., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minolta Corporation Instrument
 Systems Division (ISD) introduces the VIVID 300 3-D Digitizer, an economical,
 portable, non-contact surface and color texture digitizer designed for
 workplace and remote location uses.  It's as simple to use as a camera and
 fast enough to capture moving objects, including human faces, without
 blurring.
     Minolta is the world's largest manufacturer of 3-D non-contact digitizing
 instruments.  In 1997, it introduced the award-winning Minolta VIVID 700 3-D
 Digitizer, the first, and still the world's only, totally self-contained,
 portable surface and color 3-D scanner capable of fully autonomous operation.
     The new VIVID 300 model has plug-and-play compatibility to almost any PC
 or laptop.  Using an intrinsically safe Class 1 laser-light stripe
 triangulation, the VIVID 300 digitizer scans an object in 0.6 seconds and
 inputs the captured shape data and color texture maps into a computer.
     Non-contact 3-D digitizing greatly speeds the overall digitizing process.
 With the VIVID 300 3-D Digitizer, an object's image is captured in 200 x 200
 (40,000) range points for surface mapping and in 400 x 400 (160,000) point
 color texture mapping.  A single scan covers x, y axes range from 185mm x
 185mm to 395mm x 395mm (7.3in x 7.3in to 15.6in x 15.6in), and a user can
 merge scans to cover even greater areas. The digitizer is supplied complete
 with a sophisticated utilities software package that provides easy alignment
 and merger of multiple scans; and enables smoothing, decimation, and hole
 filling.
     Weighing just 16 pounds, the VIVID 300 is ideal for mobile scanning, with
 a field of capture from 7.5 to 15.75 inches square.  Typical applications
 include:
      -- Video game development and animation
      -- Anatomical, medical, and forensic imaging
      -- Industrial design/rapid prototyping
      -- Moldmaking and modeling
      -- 3-D web content and E-commerce
      -- Museum archiving
      -- Architectural and interior design
     The VIVID 300 supports a wide range of software systems including:
 Alias|Wavefront Maya, 3D Studio Max, Raindrop Geomagic, Softimage, Lightwave,
 RapidForm 2000, OpenInventor, VRML, and more.
     For additional information on the Minolta family of VIVID 3-D products and
 accessories, contact Minolta Corporation, Instrument Systems Division,
 101 Williams Drive, Ramsey, NJ 07446.  Phone:  888-ISD-COLOR (USA only) or
 201-529-6049.  Fax:  201-529-6070.  Email:  vivid3d@minolta.com.
 Web:  www.minolta3d.com
     For a selection of 3-D graphics to download for this story go to:
 http://www.minolta3d.com/press/main-en.asp
 
     CONTACT:  Marsha Cade, 610-660-9960, mcade@marshacade.com
 
 SOURCE  Minolta Corporation Instrument Systems Division