As cool as a massacre-proof chainsaw…

According to the latest issue (December 2011) of the Popular Science magazine, the FARO Focus 3D laser scanner is as cool as a massacre-proof chainsaw. Well, at least both of them are featured prominently on the cover as one of the 100 best innovations of the year:

Popular Science, December 2011

Since January I work as a software developer for the research department that developed the Focus 3D laser scanner. In essence, the Focus 3D laser scanner creates panoramic photographs of the environment that contain depth information so that you can measure distances or create point clouds that represent the environment.

I myself am mainly working on the Flash software SCENE WebShare which displays the panorama images, which were previously created with our main application SCENE, inside a web browser. With the help of some colleagues, I implemented several new features this year, the most important of them is certainly the measurement functionality which is now also available in WebShare. Here you can see a screenshot of the program:

SCENE WebShare

You can even try it yourself on FARO’s official WebShare server. However, WebShare is meant for the intranet of companies since it has a very high CPU and memory consumption, so I can just hope that this link from Sandra and Woo does not result in a server crash because too many users want to use the program at the same time. 😉


Sandra and Woo fanart by Archie the Redcat

The Indonesian artist Archie the Redcat (DeviantArt gallery) drew the following fanart of Sandra and Woo. Thank you for the great drawing! Click on the picture for a larger version.

Archie the Redcat: Snuggle


Artwork: Let’s Get Dangerous!

Nera Neraya: Let's Get Dangerous!

As part of our feature “commissioned artwork of our characters drawn by other talented artists”, the Czech artist Nera Neraya drew the picture you can see above. It’s a picture of Sid drawn in her unique style with Sid stealing borrowing Darkwing Duck’s well-known slogan “Lets Get Dangerous!”. I had the idea for the picture long before I hired our colorist Lisa Moore who has been coloring the Darkwing Duck comics.

Supporters can download the image in its original size (1358 x 1303) and as a wallpaper on the special page for donators.

I’m open for suggestions for subjects that you’d like to see drawn in color. A new picture will be posted every second Saturday.


Artwork: Halloween

Squ-Chan: Halloween

As part of our feature “commissioned artwork of our characters drawn by other talented artists”, the Hungarian artist Squ-Chan drew the picture you can see above. It is titled “Halloween” and I have to say that these are some really scary costumes Sandra picked for the Halloween party. Well, at least scary for Cloud. 😉

Click on the picture for a larger version (800 x 500).

Supporters can download the image in its original size (3360 x 2100) and as a wallpaper on the special page for donators.

I’m open for suggestions for subjects that you’d like to see drawn in color. A new picture will be posted every second Saturday.


Gaia – Release Date

Our new comic Gaia, which is written by Novil and drawn and colored by Powree, will be released on Tuesday, 29 November. The release will contain the cover and the first 18 pages of the first chapter which is titled “The Red Hall”. After that, Gaia will be updated two times a week, on Tuesday and Friday 0:00 CET. Gaia is a high fantasy comic about the epic adventure of Ilias Oter and his friends and will be rated PG.

Here you can see three panels from different pages:

Gaia - Sneak Peek