Intel RealSense tracking camera helps robots navigate without GPS


Intel is back with another RealSense camera, but this one has a slight twist: it's meant to give machines a sense of place. The lengthily-titled RealSense Tracking Camera T265 uses inside-out tracking (that is, it doesn't need outside sensors) to help localize robots and other autonomous machines, particularly in situations where GPS is unreliable or non-existent. A farming robot, for instance, could both map a field as well as adapt on the fly to obstacles like buildings and rocks. It's relying on the same Myriad 2 processing hardware seen in other recent projects, which takes much of the processing burden away from other devices without heavy energy demands. The only requirements are 1.5W of power, a USB connection and enough memory to power it up.