Today, OpenSpace®, the global leader in reality capture and AI-powered analytics, officially announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, an easy-to-install dual 360° camera that attaches to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones can. Paired with OpenSpace’s technology, drone capture with Sphere is simple and scalable – bringing 360° capture to a wider business audience. Sphere joins a growing list of capture technologies supported by the OpenSpace platform, including 360° cameras, drone cameras, mobile cameras, LiDAR scanners and more, allowing users to capture at will.
“Ease of use is at the core of the OpenSpace platform,” said Neel Sheth, VP of Product at OpenSpace. “Our customers have been attaching cameras to drones for years, and our dedicated support for Sphere will simplify and enhance their experience. We want OpenSpace customers to be able to capture in a way that suits their workflows and goals, and expanding our drone support through this partnership will continue to be able to seamlessly integrate field footage into our platform.”
With two cameras, one pointing up and one pointing down, the Insta360 Sphere integration achieves a 360° view where the camera becomes invisible when recording, allowing drone pilots of different experience levels to capture all angles of a construction site without reflights required are . Sphere makes installation and flight easy with a simple locking mechanism and FlowState stabilization to ensure footage is smooth. OpenSpace is currently testing beta captures with Insta360 Sphere to further improve capture processing, calibrations, battery life, image quality, ease of installation, elevated captures, and variety of angle choices. Support for Sphere will be generally available to customers later this quarter.
“With Sphere, builders can seamlessly capture high-resolution footage of the construction site without having to worry about factors like stabilizing or editing the drone body,” says Max Richter, VP of Insta360. “We’re excited to partner with OpenSpace to provide builders with an affordable, easy-to-use drone camera to capture the entire construction site.”
With OpenSpace Capture, users attach cameras to their hard hat, drone, robot or other device and walk around the job site as usual. Regardless of where the camera is mounted, once the video is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace’s computer vision technology stitches images together and fixes them to the floor plan, creating a reliable visual record of site status. Powered by the company’s vision engine, the site image map is typically ready for viewing around 15 minutes after upload.