At the CES, 2015, Intel announced a number of new products to encourage the advancement of technology and computing experience in the technology industry. Among the various new offers, the company announced the launch of Curie and RealSense technology. While Curie is a hardware product that could help any company in developing a wearable product, the RealSense technology seeks to offer a huge advancement in the drone technology.
Intel said that the RealSense technology is capable of increasing the smartness of drones. The company offered a demo of what the technology is capable of offering. The technology would help drones to equip themselves in real-time such that they could avoid collisions with people and objects around them.
The technology giant explained the functioning of the technology at the consumer technology show. It said that the drones will essentially create 3D maps of their surrounding and hence, automatically equip themselves to the place. They could hence move freely without hitting objects or people in the surrounding. In the on-stage demo, Intel dispersed people around the drones who continuously chased them throughout the region. However, since the drones were carrying 3D cameras, they could easily maneuver on the stage avoiding contact with anyone of them at any point of time.
In another demo, the drone was led into a path full of obstacles. For some time, it continued to traverse through the course, reaching a closed door every time. However, the “smarter” drone understood that the door was closed and that it had to wait patiently until it was opened by its master.
In the end, Intel showcased its photo-drone, the Nixie. It is quadcopter drone that comes as a wearable wrist-band. It flies off of the owner’s wrist to click some photos and return to the initial position. The product was actually developed by a group of people as a DIY project. Intel had awarded the group $500,000 last year.