Intel recently launched a new class of inside-out stand-alone tracking cameras, the T265, that promises a stronger foundation of autonomous devices via superior navigation and guidance support. The camera makes use of Intel’s V-SLAM (visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and mapping) technology. It computes all data at the edge and would be vital for applications needing very precise tracking solutions that strictly stick to time parameters including VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality, drones, and robotics.
Fig. 1: Picture of Intel RealSense T265 Inside-out Stand-Alone Camera
The Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 takes power from Intel Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPU (Vision Processing Unit). This VPU is capable of taking care of complete data processing required to track on a machine. As a result, it helps the T265 enjoy a smaller footprint, much less power consumption paving a way out for developers to modify or develop their own intellectual properties. Any application needing rich visual intelligence can be developed in a hasslefree manner with RealSense Tracking Camera T265.
● It is excellent for applications used in tracking devices without GPS like distant outdoor locations, warehouses, etc where camera uses both acknowledged and unacknowledged entities for precise navigation.
● The T265 can also be implemented flexibly in devices with portable devices with smaller footprint like drones or lightweight robots.
● Much useful in establishing connectivity with AR headset and mobile handsets.
● Bringing medical supplies to off-the-grid areas or remote locations via drones or robots. The cameras will expand the view and would optimize the tracking process to quite an extent.
What Makes It So Special?
The T265 makes use of inside-out tracking system. It means that it doesn’t depends on any external sensors to understand its surroundings. It enjoys 6DoF (6-degrees-of-freedom) inside-out tracking by collecting inputs from two different embedded fish-eye-cameras capable of rotating up to 170 degrees. The system in it keeps collecting and upgrading maps of unknown surroundings along with location of the device it is placed on. This paves a smooth way for independent tracking and keep working even with very low-compute devices.
In Maker’s Words
Intel RealSense Group’s general manager and vice president, Sagi Ben Moshe, says, “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.”
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