PalaeoPi is a small University of Oxford spinout company that provides automated photogrammetry systems, bespoke software, and consultancy on rapid prototyping, 3D imaging, and digital archiving.
Initially founded in 2014 as a website featuring tutorials on computational techniques in archaeological science, PalaeoPi became incorporated in 2017 following the development of a new prototype rig for automated photogrammetry. This prototype improves upon an earlier model constructed with Lego and 3D printed parts, first published here in 2016.
At PalaeoPi we do things differently from our competitors. Due to our small size and origins in the university sector, we reinvest the majority of our revenues in research and development. Our primary goal is to open up high quality, research-grade, relatively low cost 3D scanning and digitisation techniques to a broader user base. Our products are primarily geared toward the heritage and university sectors, but they are also applicable to fields such as indie game development and CGI design.
PalaeoPi’s primary product is currently the MKIII Pi-Table, an automated photogrammetry rig designed for digitisation of small to medium-sized objects and powered by a RaspberryPi computer. We are also working to develop a range of automated photogrammetry products aimed at imaging larger or more challenging objects, with the goal of creating solutions that can be modified to suit the individual needs of each client.