POLL: “What do you do for a living?” – “Um, it’s top secret?”

Top Secret 3D Mapping/Laser ScanningWhile waiting for my coffee at Starbucks this morning, I recognized one of the fathers from my son’s basketball league. We shook hands and started into what I knew needed to be a short conversation since we were both on a mission to get our coffee and get to the office. One always has a choice to make in these situations – keep the conversation focused on what each other have in common, or throw caution to the wind and go with something that always ends up being a lengthy, involved explanation. I chose, like I usually make the mistake of doing, the latter. I was interested in what he did for a living and where his office was, but I knew as soon as I started to ask the question that he would reciprocate with the same.

So there I was, trying to explain laser scanning to someone in the healthcare industry. After nine years, you would think that I would have this figured out, but I always seem to struggle with which route I am going to take. I chose to explain it as 3D pictures where each pixel has a three-dimensional coordinate. Looking back, I wish that I would have said that I do 3D mapping of top secret government projects… if I told you any more, I would have to… well, you know.

That said, it sparked my interest and I decided to open this up to all of you to see how you respond to similar inquiries. Take a couple of seconds and select your response in the poll on the right and let’s see what the results are.

2 Responses to “POLL: “What do you do for a living?” – “Um, it’s top secret?””

  • Steven Ramsey says:

    Been there done that. used the “imagine a photograph but in 3D” route many a time. might add it’s voodoo magic to the mix to see if thats accepted.

  • Arkadiusz says:

    :) Got the same, I’m working with Mobile & Terrestrial Laser Scanning at GISPRO, and when I’m trying to explain my friends or familly what I do for living it ends more less like that: “ahh so thats how 3D buidings in Google Earth is done?”…
    btw nice blog!

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