Inspired by my Master’s capstone on designing a photogrammetry platform for business owners — I set out to turn the theory into practice.

The practice was to turn the designs into functional utility. I started with the foundations of information I had to one of my prior photogrammetry projects, Yummr, an AR Food Menu app, to truly create a seamless workflow for photogrammetry capture.

As we all know there are 2 approaches with photogrammetry. The most common and easiest is walking around the object from all directions. The not so common is having the object “walk” around you in a fixed position. By doing this, the model ultimately has more consistent lighting, sharper imagery all with the help from image stabilization and environmental backdrop.

The approach for Yummr was originally the first approach where the individual would walk around and that soon transformed into a DIY second approach method where we would go into the restaurants to do it ourselves. I found from all of this experience that our workflow from start to end was great, but I wanted to spent my efforts more on a lightbox that was truly designed for photogrammetry. Rather be software focused like Yummr, Nebula was now hardware focused.

Building a lightbox truly designed for digital twin creation meant collapsible side walls, built in turntable, ease of use, and great storage for accessories.

This product became the Nebula Lightbox. Each side had folding arms that would come up and curtains would raise up on the sides for optional walls.

The turntable was built in and had a plate over it so if the individual wanted to product photogrammetry they could cover the inlets to create a 3D model

The light box was raised 4″ to house internal circuitry, motors and include a storage for a phone and DSLR attachment.

The Nebula Lightbox has controls on the side as well as remote controls for further customization via the iPhone remote app.

See below for the Nebula Scanner app