Intel Dives Deeper Into Virtual Reality, Drones
The RealSense ZR300 Development Kit combines the technology's depth-sensing capabilities with motion tracking. It includes the RealSense SDK for Linux for autonomous mapping and navigation as well as object and person tracking, and is aimed at autonomous robots and drones and autonomous reality environments. It's due out at the end of the year. Krzanich also introduced the RealSense Camera 400 series for improved performance and the Euclid Developer Kit, a device the size of a candy bar that includes a RealSense camera, Atom SoC and wireless connectivity and is aimed at making it easier for developers to create applications with RealSense. For drones, Intel is creating the Aero Platform for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). It's powered by a quad-core Atom and includes compute, storage, communications and I/O in a device that's the size of a playing card. Developers can combine it with the optional Vision Accessory Kit to build more sophisticated drone applications. In addition, Intel's Aero Ready to Fly drone is a complete quadcopter that includes depth and vision capabilities via RealSense, giving developers a fully operational drone they can use to launch their applications. It is available now for $399. The announcements come as Intel officials look to rapidly shift Intel's focus away from a PC market that continues is years-long contraction and put it more into spaces that are expected to grow quickly in a rapidly changing IT market. Krzanich, who has said that Intel will not repeat the error it made in being late to the rise of smartphones and tablets, wants the company to not only supply the technology that drives the infrastructure for cloud computing and the billions of intelligent devices and systems that make up the IoT, but that also powers the connectivity crucial to the new digital world and will be the foundation for future innovations.The drive to remake Intel led Krzanich last year to hire former Qualcomm executive Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala to oversee such areas as client devices and the IoT—a move that has led to several longtime Intel veterans leaving the company—as well as to cancel the development of some low-power chips aimed at mobile devices and to cut 12,000 jobs (there are about 107,000 employees) to shift more focus and money into the emerging areas.
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