New Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 aids in depth technology for tracking and AR applications

Intel expanded on Tuesday the Intel RealSense product line with the Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305, the latest addition to the depth camera family.

The SR305 is a coded light, standalone camera that provides a low-cost depth solution that is ideal for getting started with depth technology. This indoor short-range depth camera has a streamlined form factor and onboard compute through its integrated RealSense vision processor.

Development and programming are supported by the same open source Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 used by all Intel RealSense products, so applications developed on the SR305 can be ported to other cameras in the family. The SR305 can be used for applications such as face analytics and tracking, scanning and mapping, scene segmentation, hand and finger tracking, and augmented reality.

Intel RealSense technology is fundamentally reshaping the future of technology, enabling truly “smart” devices that can see, understand, interact with and learn from their environments. By equipping devices with the ability to perceive and understand the world around them, Intel RealSense technology is expanding its ability to collect, store and analyze data, and contributing to newer frontiers of computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence – fields that hold the potential to make our world safer, more productive and more immersive.

These long-awaited and still largely undefined markets have the power to help us perform both highly complex processes and everyday activities, whether collision avoidance in automobiles and drones, or completion of household chores.

Intel had in January released the Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 uses inside-out tracking, which means the device does not rely on any external sensors to understand the environment. Unlike other inside-out tracking solutions, the T265 delivers 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) inside-out tracking by gathering inputs from two onboard fish-eye cameras, each with an approximate 170-degree range of view. 

The V-SLAM systems construct and continually update maps of unknown environments and the location of a device within that environment. Since all position calculations are performed directly on the device, tracking with the T265 is platform independent and allows the T265 to run on very low-compute devices.

The T265 complements Intel’s RealSense D400 series cameras, and the data from both devices can be combined for advanced applications like occupancy mapping, improved 3D scanning and advanced navigation and collision avoidance in GPS-restricted environments. The only hardware requirements are sufficient non-volatile memory to boot the device and a USB 2.0 or 3.0 connection that provides 1.5  watts of power.

The Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 is powered by the Intel Movidius Myriad 2 vision processing unit (VPU), which directly handles all the data processing necessary for tracking on the machine. This makes the T265 a small footprint, low-power consumption solution that is simple for use by developers implementing into existing designs or building their own intellectual property that requires rich visual intelligence.

The Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 is offered at US$79 and is currently available for preorder. 

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