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Near Earth Imaging Lab

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The Near Earth Imaging Lab is directed by Dr. Thomas Pingel at Virginia Tech. The NEIL lab focuses on scientific and technological applications of laser scanning, photogrammetry, unmanned aerial vehicles, virtual and augmented reality, and 3D printing to problems in human and physical geography, geology, and archaeology.

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The lab includes equipment to support this mission, including three high performance workstations, custom-built and commercial UAVs, a 3D printer, several RTK GPS units, virtual reality headsets including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, spherical cameras, and a projector for augmented reality demonstrations.

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