Santa Clara, US, January 23, 2019 — Intel introduces new RealSense tracking camera T265 to provide engineers and developers with advanced “sensing” capabilities to enable autonomous devices with high-performance guidance and navigation. This technology could be used in modern robotics both in enterprise and consumer areas just as well as it could support AR/VR and drones.
This new product uses proprietary visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and mapping features that are also known as SLAM or V-SLAM. Similar to how sailors used to navigate by looking at the stars, before the days of GPS and the likes, V-SLAM leverages multiple cameras and inertial measurement units (BMI055 IMU) to navigate by “looking” at how the environment is changing, based on any given movement.
This helps autonomous devices to comprehend their environment better and to compute the depth of field in their view to comprehend known and unknown spaces around them with more accuracy and overall better visual intelligence.
How about tech specs?
Inside the T265 kit are two Intel Movidius Myriad VPUs to compute the V-SLAM algorithms directly, which helps to decrease processing latency as well as power consumption. The two fisheye lenses that are integrated into the T265 provide the developers with a combined sight that is close to a hemispherical 163±5° field of view.
The unit also comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Micro B port that supports USB 2.0 as well as USB 3.1 for either just data transfer or data with images. The Intel T265 tracker cam is quite compact and with its dimensions of 108 x 24.5 x 12.5 mm it can be easily mounted or integrated into any prototype for testing and other purposes. You can mount on the two M3 0.5mm standard pitch mounting sockets to securely attach the camera to your device.
Leadership opinion and pricing information
“Understanding your environment is a critical component for many devices. The T265 was designed to complement our existing Intel RealSense Depth Cameras and provide a quick path to product development with our next-generation integrated V-SLAM technology.”
– Sagi Ben Moshe, vice president, and general manager, Intel RealSense Group
You can pre-order the T265 unit now through Intel or another distribution partner. It will cost you $199 and the shipping is said to begin on the
28th of February 4th of March. For more information on ordering, you can check this website for details.
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Source: Intel press release