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Award-winning software developer Emersya was one of the many fine French companies in the 2016 CES Eureka Park startup pavilion.  The Emersya Showcase software solution enables internet shoppers to view and rotate products in 3D.  The Emersya Designer solution has the 3D view and rotate but also lets the shopper change the colors of various designated areas.  The size and color of logos and other skin graphics can also be changed by the shopper.  So the shopper can have greater confidence and enthusiasm about how the specific item will look – who knows, maybe they end up buying several different colors.

To use Emersya, the key first step is to get a 3D model of the item via Textured 3D Mesh, CAD 3D Model, or a 3D Scan. Once you have that, you can fine tune and enrich the appearance by adding 3D effects, animations, backgrounds, specific feature descriptions, SEO, and of course the various borders for color changes on the item.


The static image above does not do justice to a full screen 3D rotating Emersya session.
Click here – ooh ahhh! – to launch a new window and see all the things you can change.  Then you’ll be wanting to contact Emersya for specific platform details and pricing.

There’s a PBS series called “Time Scanners” that aired this Summer. They visit the Colisseum, Machu Pichu, Petra, Pyramids, Jerusalem, and St. Paul’s Cathedral to better understand details of construction, design and usage.

Pyramid scan

Pyramid scan

The principal tool is the 3D laser scanner which emits about a million bursts of laser light per second that bounce off the surface structures to obtain the surface geometry from the “point cloud.” (If you know about art, it’s like pointillism.) And just like with 360 panorama photography, individual scans can be stiched or aligned to form larger ones.

The limegreen tripod mount unit is probably the top of the line Leica P20 which costs over $100k. For architectural scanning, measurement accuracy is typically within 6mm at 100 meters range.

TimeScanners features the heavy lifting by members from the Univ. of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and commentary from the celebrity Structural Engineer Steve Burrows.

Here’s chapter 1 of an excellent 3 part intro series to Laser Scanning. You can learn more about 3D scanning at the excellent which also has a subforum for handheld laser scanners. Visit to learn more about the cool Mantis F5 handheld.

Who knows – in 20 years we could be taking 3D laser scan snapshots!