Intel’s depth-sensing cameras help drones fly themselves

PCWorld | Jan 10, 2015

Intel made a big push for its RealSense depth-sensing cameras at CES 2015. From drones with eyes to avatars in your likeness, Intel showed us what its 3D technology is capable of.

Intel’s RealSense technology is a family of depth-sensing cameras that were a big focus for the company here at CES. The company wants to change the way you interact with your PC- making the experience more intuitive and immersive.
RealSense cameras are already on the market- they’re in HP’s touchscreen Sprout computer, Dell’s Venue 8 7000 tablet and a number of laptops. But Intel has plans for more innovative applications in the future.
Perhaps the most cutting edge application for these cameras is their use with drones.
This prototype is equipped with Intel’s RealSense cameras that let the drone sense when someone or something is nearby.
With this information, the drone can move autonomously like in this game of “drone ping pong” where people are passing the drone to each other by standing in front of it.
Intel thinks these self-aware drones will be able to operate more safely and open opportunities for commercial use.
Brian Krazanich
CEO, Intel
Drones can deliver medications and lifesaving interventions to remote places, inspect power lines, agricultural fields and gas lines.
The cameras can also help create a 3D avatar of yourself. . You start by positioning your face in front of the camera, moving it left to right so it can capture it in 3D. This generates a 3D image of your face that can then be placed on any type of character.
Danny Cristofano
Brand Manager, Intel
You can imagine things like video gaming and being able to play as yourself in a video game like Call of Duty and play against your friends who they themselves are playing as their own likenesses as well.
Intel used gaming to show the accuracy of the Real Sense gesture control.
Now send the peacekeeper mission with two fingers, good shot.
In this demo, you can fly a plane and control its missile system with hand gestures. The RealSense camera looks at 22 points on your hand and determines where your fingers are.
And how’s this for a CES souvenir? A 3-D printed cube with a hologram of yourself inside. It’s made using a tablet with a RealSense camera that takes a 360-degree image of you and creates a 3-D model.
It’s clear from Intel’s keynote and CES booth that the company is making a big push for its RealSense technology. Devices with the cameras are just hitting the market and if they take off with consumers, it could transform the way we interact with our computers.
At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service.