Paracosm was founded in January of 2013 in Gainesville, Florida after Amir Rubin awoke in the middle of night with an idea to map the entire world in 3D. He called up the smartest people he knew, and together they formed Paracosm. For the full origin story, check out our graphic novel.
In our early days, Paracosm served as a development partner for Google’s Project Tango — the world’s first 3D-sensing smartphone. In 2014, we closed a 3.3M seed round led by Accomplice and became iRobot’s first official investment.
After years of working with room-scale 3D sensors (much like Occipital’s Structure Sensor), we decided to increase our scanning range by adding LiDAR into the mix. We integrated Velodyne’s VLP-16 and never looked back. With it, we built the PX-80, the world’s first mobile LiDAR scanner that produces color data. Our new large-scale 3D scanning power tool captures city blocks in minutes.
In 2017, we caught Occipital’s eye. They acquired Paracosm and now we operate as a proud division of Occipital, Inc.
Since graduating from the University of Florida in 2003 with a degree in computer engineering, Amir has helped build an impressively broad range of technology companies. Among his early accomplishments are co-founding Prioria Robotics, working as lead engineer on more than a dozen embedded systems projects, and consulting at the same time he invented a (patented!) stereo-vision system for weighing cattle using no more than simple camera imagery. In 2011, he signed on as employee No. 1 at Shadow Health, where he handled full-stack dev for the company’s learning management system, built and led the dev team, and played a crucial role in launching the company’s innovative 3D patient simulator for healthcare education.
Today, as president of Paracosm, Amir is leading the development of the computer vision and SLAM tech that make the next generation of 3D scanning tools possible—and bring us a step closer to his dream of 3D-ifying the world.