Engineering Is 3-D Mapping Your World With a Backpack

Hyper-realistic video games. They're made using a technique called 3-D mapping. In the real world, 3-D mapping indoors is much more difficult than 3-D mapping outdoors. The solution? A 3D mapping backpack.

  • 3-D Mapping Your World with a Backpack | Engineering Is

    How are hyper-realistic video games made? They utilize a technique called 3-D mapping. But that's not the only place they're used. Dr. Avideh Zakhor from UC Berkeley is working on interior 3-D mapping, which could save lives when it comes to time-sensitive search-and-rescue missions. Although it isn't quite ready for use yet, she and her team are creating more efficient algorithms to ensure that it can be used in the near future. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Spatial Interaction Engineer

    Alex Okita teaches computers to see like we see. He designs and develops tools and games for the Structure Sensor, an attachment for the iPad that can 3-D scan rooms, objects, and even people. While many in his field have advanced degrees, Alex started working straight out of high school.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Science Spotlight: How Your Smartphone Knows Where You Are | Engineering is

    Quantum physics, Einstein’s theory of relativity and atomic clocks that are accurate to one billionth of a second—all of these are crucial in allowing your smartphone to pinpoint your precise location almost anywhere on Earth. Learn how GPS receivers use trilateration to track your location, even though atmospheric disturbances might occasionally cause accuracy problems.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Going 3-D in the Classroom

    There are some great tools out there to create 3-D projects in the classroom. From virtual reality with cardboard to immersive learning with augmented reality, explore this list of suggestions for 3-D projects with students.

    Grades: 6-13+