The Glass360Dgree system, developed by the German Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, includes an infrared laser as well as two highly sensitive thermal cameras.
Although the absorbed thermal energy is stored in glass or other material for only a short time, this is enough for two cameras to simultaneously record changes in the thermal characteristic of an object from two angles. This data is analyzed by a computer system, which can then determine the three-dimensional shape and size of the object.
Along with transparent materials, the technology can be used to image hard-to-scan materials such as highly reflective materials or solid blacks.
Glass360Dgree will be presented at the Hannover Messe industrial fair.