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Challenge Robust 3D Scanning Technology
Robust 3D Scanning Technology
Award:  $30,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 256
Posted: Aug 11 2015
Challenge ID: 9933361
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The Seeker desires a 3-dimensional (3D) scanning technology that overcomes current limitations due to lighting, reflectivity, and especially multipath interference. The technology can be comprised of a software or hardware solution or a combination of both. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or sample delivery).


3D scanning technologies have become popular in various robotics, metrology, and gaming applications, and can be obtained for as little as $200. Unfortunately various issues such as variances in lighting, reflectivity, and multipath interference can cause errors in the scan data obtained. The Seeker is looking for technologies, either software, hardware or both, that can overcome or significantly improve upon existing technologies, particularly in environments where complex geometries cause multipath noise. 

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: 

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents if available.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a hardware, software, or combined prototype if requested by the Seeker). 

The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive, royalty free license to practice their solutions.  

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 11, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.

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