Both the Leica BLK ARC and BLK2FLY are shown and the BLK2FLY is in flight.

Changing how reality is captured with a first-of-its-kind technology

Leica BLK ARC and Leica BLK2FLY — one of TIME’s 2022 Best Inventions — make reality capture fully autonomous.

With the launch of Leica BLK ARC, an autonomous laser scanning module for autonomous mobile robots, and Leica BLK2FLY, the world’s first autonomous flying laser scanner, Leica is expanding reality capture innovation to new levels from the ground to the sky. 

Thanks to real-time autonomous reality capture — the ability to create 3D digital twins and direct-to-cloud storage — these autonomous laser scanners are advancing smart digital reality.

BLK ARC

The Leica BLK ARC brings its innovative 3D reality capture technology to robotic carriers and platforms. The first BLK ARC robotic integration is with the Boston Dynamics SPOT robot, with future integration plans for other robotic carriers.

BLK ARC expands opportunities to capture 3D data without human intervention, continuously scanning and storing real-time data while augmenting and improving the robot’s autonomous navigation system. The latest in Leica Geosystems’ solutions is especially useful in dangerous or hazardous environments, with automated and repeatable scan paths to command the robot carrier while keeping employees safe.

BLK ARC completes both static and mobile scans during the same mission for greater scanning agility, which boosts productivity and eliminates extra work. The innovative scanner can be used in a variety of use cases, such as documenting ongoing site conditions and exploring underground mines, as well as for public safety applications such as fire or crime scene investigations and search and rescue missions.

Boston Dynamics' SPOT robot climbing a staircase using Hexagon's BLK ARC robotic integration

BLK2FLY

The Leica BLK2FLY offers advanced obstacle avoidance while allowing users to plan entirely autonomous missions, from autonomous flight paths and scanning to intelligent return to home for battery changes to continue its mission.  

Featuring simple operation and the fastest in-field setup time in the industry, Leica Geosystems’ latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology can scan buildings, inaccessible areas like rooftops and facades and other complex structures with no scan shadows and safe, stress-free user operation.

Additionally, the easy-to-use BLK2FLY live app offers real-time video view, simple touch controls for automated scanning and virtual joysticks for manual flight. BLK2FLY is the perfect drone for documenting construction progress, rapid laser scanning for BIM processes and creating digital twins for retrofits and redesigns.