The FARO Photon 20 is a phase-based laser scanner. It captures objects in a range from 0.6 m (23.6 in) to 20 m (787.4 in). Like all other phase-based scanners, it is characterized by a high measuring speed at a maximum of 976.000 measuring points per second in theory. The Photon can be controlled via WLAN by an external laptop as well as directly via a physical cable connection. During stand-alone operation, the captured point clouds are saved on the internal hard disk. When using an external laptop, the point clouds can be saved on an external peripheral, too. For capturing color information, the scanner can be extended by a special adapter. With this option, a point cloud can be colored. The power supply is effected by means of an external battery or an external power source.
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