The Konica-Minolta VIVID 9i is a short range, high resolution color scanning system. This instrument captures micron-level detail of small objects. Though the VIVID 9i has a small field of view, users can scan objects of unlimited size using specialized field techniques. This scanner features an on-board VGA digital camera allowing color textures to be mapped onto the 3D surface data. While it is best suited for use in a laboratory or indoor environment, with minor field modifications it can be used across a variety of on-site locations. An optional calibrated turntable, when used in conjunction with the VIVID 9i, serves to automate the scanning process and expands the utility of the instrument. The use of a professional lighting system is typically required to ensure accurate color capture with this instrument.
Technical specifications on the system are provided here. More details on the system are available at the Konica-Minolta web site.
Since the acquisition of this instrument by CAST, it has been used for a number of major projects, at locations around the U.S. and abroad:
- The Virtual Hampson Museum – Visitors to this “virtual” on-line museum will be able to interact with 3D recreations of some of the most extraordinary examples of Native American pottery in North America, from the Hampson Archaeological Museum State Park in Wilson, Arkansas.
- Laser scanning at Tiwanaku – In the summer of 2006, researchers from CAST continued 3D documentation of this UNESCO World Heritage site in Bolivia. The VIVID 9i was incorporated to scan artifacts and architectural details.
- The Amarna 3D scanning project – Researchers from CAST, working with the Amarna Trust and the University of Cambridge, used the VIVID 9i to collect high-definition scans