It’s always a little bit of a leap in the dark when you're using your laser scanner on site. You’re pretty sure you have the information you need to register the scans together but there’s no way of being sure…except there is.
FARO introduced their on-site registration option within their SCENE registration software back in 2017 and it’s maybe seen as a nifty little trick rather than an integral part of anyone’s workflow? Perhaps it deserves more of a prominent place though. It’s simple to use and remarkably effective when you're spotting your S150 around the workplace. The SCENE interface takes you from collection right through to registration and export. However, moving your scanner and a laptop around a site can be awkward, and while your scanner batteries might last 4-6 hours your laptop battery certainly does not.
Leica Geosystems have followed suit with their RTC360 scanner (sort of). Skipping by full registration they have used integrated INS and their VIS positional tracking technology to give you a pre-registration visible on your iPad (other tablets are available). This lets you use a much smaller device to bring your scans together, but you’ll still need to perform that final registration back in the office.
So where is this going? How long will it be before a manufacturer packs enough computing power inside the scanner itself so all you need is the instrument and a tripod?