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Commercial Demand for Spotscale Photo-Realistic 3D Models Captured from Radio-Controlled Unmanned Aircraft Poised for Take Off in 2014

Packages delivered by remote control helicopters are still just a dream for’s Jeff Bezos, but starting today Swedish startup Spotscale is deploying a platoon of multi-rotor drones equipped with the company’s new image capturing solution on behalf of real estate developers, city planning offices and construction companies that need extremely precise 3D models of buildings and their surrounding scene.

Spotscale today introduced its first product called Spotscale Models, delivering three-dimensional, photo-realistic digital images of existing structures that can be rotated 360 degrees on a tablet or computer and examined much, much closer than Internet mapping applications permit.

“The difference between our models and panoramic photos, photo montages, or even laser scanning, is truly night and day,” said Spotscale Founder Ludvig Emgård, who already has his sights set on the gaming, movie special effects, and hyper-local apps markets. “We’re generating 3D digital replicas with a totally natural appearance.”

The detailed models generated by Spotscale’s advanced solution can also be used with 3D printers to create miniature physical scale models in plastic, metal, glass or other materials.

A 3D model of a castle or beautiful Victorian or other older building style, for example, is almost impossible to model by hand using conventional 3D modeling tools. In contrast, a picture-based 3D reconstruction created with Spotscale Models looks completely natural and real.

And Spotscale’s drones are totally different, too. Military drones look like small airplanes and are usually controlled from hundreds or thousands of miles away. But Spotscale’s drones look more like small helicopters that are flown legally within the line of sight of the pilot manning the remote control on the ground.
“Spotscale’s 3D images are extremely valuable when we’re planning changes to a building or trying to figure out where to move a road,” said Andreas Furenberg, chief technology officer for one of the Nordic region’s leading construction and civil engineering companies, PEAB Sverige AB. “It’s not a just a street view or bird’s-eye view – it’s something in between. It’s kind like what you’d see if you were a giant walking down a street or country lane.”

Allan Almqvist, chief surveyor for Malmo Municipality‘s planning authority, added, “With the latest 3D-printers Spotscale’s models come out automatically within just a few hours. The ability to print a model showing the original building in full color and another showing a major rebuild is a very powerful tool in our business.”
Pricing and availability

The new Spotscale Models service is available now. Starting at $6,000 per model, pricing varies based on size and complexity of the buildings or areas being mapped. Printed models may be purchased by request at

About Spotscale
Spotscale is a 3D technology company that offers products and services for real estate developers, city planners and resort owners who need extremely precise digital and physical models of buildings and surroundings. Spotscale’s proprietary capturing and processing solution delivers photo-realistic images that can be viewed and manipulated close up and from any vantage point on a tablet or computer, or used with full color 3D printers to create miniature physical scale models. Stop spending hours modeling buildings by hand using antiquated 3D tools, and let Spotscale deliver it instantly over the web at

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