Guidelight Business Solutions (Austin, TX, USA) has developed a 3-D vision system for Matrix Electronic Measuring (Salina, KS, USA) that delivers precise measurements of a vehicle's body and engine.
In use in a repair shop, the hand-held system called "The Wand" provides auto technicians with a complete picture of all the damage to a vehicle saving hours of labor lost when unforeseen damage is discovered after the repair process has begun.
After placing a checkerboard target on the area of interest on the vehicle, the Guidelight's Wand -- which sports dual viewfinders in its center and two cameras at each end – is used to take simultaneous pictures of it from two different perspectives, a process that takes about 30 seconds.
The images are downloaded to a PC, where software Guidelight developed as part of the system knits together the raw images to create a 3-D model of the vehicle. Next, the length, width and height between points on the image can be selected and measured. Those measurements can then be used to assess the extent of hidden damage to the body of the vehicle.
The images generated by the system can also be saved and used by the repair shop to share with its customers as well as insurance companies who need to verify the extent of damage to a vehicle.
After the software has been used to assist the user with the repair of a vehicle, the system can be deployed once more to check the quality of the repair that has been performed on it and the results printed out or emailed to a customer.
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