Intel's RealSense family of deep tracking cameras has a new addition with another set of sensory capabilities.
On Wednesday, the technology company Intel RealSense Tracking Camera showed T265, which provides six degrees of freedom (6DoF) tracking for enhanced and virtual reality headunits, robotics and drones through a "proprietary" blend of visual inertial odometry (VIO) and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), which Intel has decided to call V-SLAM.
"Understanding your environment is a critical component for many devices," said Sagi Ben Moshe, vice president and head of Intel's RealSense Group, in a statement. "The T265 has been designed to complement our existing Intel RealSense deep cameras and provide a fast way to product development with our next generation of integrated V-SLAM technology. "
T265 crunches Tracks data on a visual processor (VPU), namely Intel's own Movidius Myriad 2, which enables the camera to operate energy efficiently within a compact package.  Intel puts on the camera as a solution for companies and individuals who build robots and drones , especially for the ability to provide location information based on physical circumstances in areas such as warehouses and industrial complexes, where GPS coverage is sometimes compromised. Robots with these sensors are a bit scary, because the T265 shares a naming convention with a certain science fiction series of murderous robots.)
However, the camera provides an opportunity for hardware manufacturers to integrate 6DoF tracking, especially when pairing the T265 tracking with the depth sensing characteristics in the RealSense D series. (Oh, T is for tracking, not for Terminator!). Freezer discourages.)
T265 is available for pre-order today, with freight being set to begin on 28 February.
As a long-time behemoth in the tech industry, Intel represents a daunting challenge for companies such as Occipital, which also produces depth sensing and tracking modules.
Less than two months ago, Occipital introduced Structure Core which handles environmental mapping and tracking in the same module, while Intel requires two separate RealSense modules to handle the same tasks.
However, Occipital sells structural core for $ 499 and the price drops to $ 399 for those who want to wait until March to receive their unit when production ramps up for public availability. Intel rates T265 at $ 199, the same price as the latest deep camera model.
So while Occipital offers more features in compact form for (ultimately) about the same price as Intel's RealSense Combo program, the company still has to overcome Intel's name recognition and the sales infrastructure that comes with it.