Some images from the developement of what would become the world’s first 3D terrestrial lidar scanner, the Cyrax 2500, courtesy of Ben Kacyra. The last couple of shots I took during my September 2017 visit to the nonprofit CyArk, which Kacyra co-founded with wife Barbara after he sold Cyra Technologies to Leica Geosystems.

  • NdYAG Microchip Lasers MIT Lincoln Laboratory scientist John Zayhowski delivered for the Cyrax series (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • The Cyrax Alpha breadboard during calibration (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • Ben Kacyra's Mercedes 230 SL couple as seen by the Cyrax Alpha (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • Kacyra's Mercedes with the Cyrax Alpha prototype in the background (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • The Cyrax Alpha in Jerry Dimsdale's VW Vanagon at the Chevron Refinery (courtesy Ben Kacyra
  • The cooling tower to be scanned at Chevron (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • A screenshot of the Cyrax Alpha raw scan of the Chevron cooling tower (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • A Cyrax Alpha 3D software model based on the Cyrax cooling-tower scan (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • A Cyrax 2400, left, with the second-generation Cyrax 2500 (courtesy Ben Kacyra)
  • Ben Kacra tries out a virtual reality tour with "guide" Elizabeth Lee, CyArk's vice president.
  • Ben Kacyra and Elizabeth Lee at CyArk; in the foreground, images from Kacyra's TED talk and a Cyrax machine on Mount Rushmore.
  • Ben Kacyra and Elizabeth Lee at CyArk