There are various ways in which robots and autonomous machines can navigate around by themselves. One of those ways is by using GPS, but it looks like Intel could be thinking up of other ways that such machines move around by themselves. The company has since taken the wraps off the new Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 (via Engadget).


According to Intel, “The T265 uses proprietary visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and mapping (V-SLAM) technology with computing at the edge and is key for applications that require a highly accurate and low-latency tracking solution, including robotics, drones, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality.”

The camera will also use “inside-out” tracking technology which means that it does not require external sensors for it to work, unlike the majority of autonomous vehicles that relies on external sensors such as LiDAR. It also helps to localize robots and autonomous machines, meaning that it does not need to rely on GPS which can be handy as sometimes GPS might not always be accessible.

Intel will begin shipping out the T265 towards the end of February where it will be priced at $199. We’re not sure if it will be readily available for your own DIY projects at home, but it should come in handy for developers who’d rather not build the system themselves from scratch.

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