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Why are there so few mapping & scanning examples captured with Skydio consumer & enterprise drones posted online?

LaunchedPix

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For some time now I have wondered why there are so few samples/examples of maps and 3d models captured using Skydio drones that are posted/shared on-line.

It has clearly been an area of focus for Skydio, particularly in developing their enterprise market. Even with that, there are still only perhaps a dozen or so different captured subjects/scenes that I have seen them share online.

I'm a recreational drone pilot / hobbyist. I've flown probably 30 mapping and scanning missions in the year I've had my Skydio2. These flights have have been in both easy and difficult environments (where the Skydio2 is particularly useful). I typically use a mix of DroneDeploy and manual piloting for image capture and typically process the images at home using my computer. I've shared several of those scans on-line via Instagram and YouTube. (YouTube Link)

I often look on-line for examples shared by other hobbyists and professionals and each time seem to only find only the same handful of 3D scans posted by Skydio's marketing team. Why is this?

I know the enterprise skills and 3D scan are too expensive for me to use as a hobbyist, but presumably some professionals buy/use them and some other hobbyists play with mapping & 3D scanning using the other available tools.

So why the lack of posts online by people doing this? Thoughts anyone?
 

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I think the reason behind or of the fact is that this is not a hardware topic.

This is more about the software.

You can find more references and use cases from software companies.

Here is one of them and If you are also interested in the community of 3d mapping or facade, you must read it:

 

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Might be because it has the perception of being enterprise level and out of the reach of most folks. If they research they can find out how to do it for free using Drone Deploy, etc.

I do see them from time to time on Instagram via the Skydio hashtag like this cool one of a stranded ship:


Swipe a couple times to see the video.
 
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I think the reason behind or of the fact is that this is not a hardware topic.

This is more about the software.

You can find more references and use cases from software companies.

Here is one of them and If you are also interested in the community of 3d mapping or facade, you must read it:

I certainly agree that software is a requirement to map & model and I would add that the desire to work on a computer to process the imagery has limited appeal to lots of drone pilots.

Part of the point of my initial question (that I may not have expressed well enough) is that the majority of mapping and modeling I see is advertising from the companies selling the hardware and software or the services to do it rather than from individuals doing it.

I agree that it's not (entirely) a hardware topic. But hardware is a factor. Mapping and modeling can be done with most any drone but just like any task, the capabilities of the tools make some jobs easier and others harder.

Thanks for sharing your input & thoughts.
 
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Might be because it has the perception of being enterprise level and out of the reach of most folks. If they research they can find out how to do it for free using Drone Deploy, etc.

I do see them from time to time on Instagram via the Skydio hashtag like this cool one of a stranded ship:


Swipe a couple times to see the video.
Nicely and concisely stated. I agree that's probably a substantial factor. Also, I hadn't seen that example you pointed out. Thanks!
 
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