Natural Resources Study

Labor intensive and often destructive methods of data collection can be substituted with LiDAR scanning. LiDAR data can give accurate estimates of timber that could be used by making measurements of woody mass density, the number of downed trees and percentage of a forest burned. The IQ Station provides a means of viewing this data 3D. It could augment understanding of areas prone to fire and forest characteristics.


Mechanical Engineering Study

Complex models are best illustrated in 3D. Developing component layouts, large or simply complicated models can be more easily represented in a 3D viewing space rather than on a 2D viewing monitor. 3D models provide better depth perception and display continuity, creating an overall more informative experience. Assemblies that have complex geometries or restrictive layouts can be more readily understood if the viewer feels immersed and can zoom around and through the model.


Line of Sight Study

The IQ Station can be a tool used by utility companies like Idaho Power to evaluate locations for new power lines. LiDAR data can be combined with CAD data to illustrate proposed improvements. The following picture is an example of a LiDAR scan that Idaho Power used. Models like these are presented to the public so they have a better idea what the results of a new power line would look like.


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The IQ (Inexpensive Immersive Interactive Interface) Station allows the user to visualize their model in 3D. Researchers and modelers from a wide range of disciplines can benefit from the IQ Station's ability to immerse users in complex datasets. A user manipulates their 3D model with the use of a Wii remote wearing 3D glasses while physical body movements are tracked by cameras.