Intel sees the light, grabs Movidius for 3D IoT

Intel announced that it plans to acquire Movidius, a company that specializes in delivering the power of sight to Internet of Things technology. In a blog post, Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane explains what would happen to the company when it becomes part of Intel, saying that its mission to give machines the power to see will continue, and thanks to Intel’s own technology and resources, they will be able to innovate faster and execute at scale.

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Movidius’ Vision Processing Unit (VPU), which allows for on-device vision processing, will make for a winning combination when it is combined with Intel’s industry leading depth-sensing solution, Intel RealSense Technology. The combined technology when implemented on autonomous machines will allow it to see in 3D, understand its surroundings, and navigate accordingly.

Movidius currently works with companies such as DJI, FLIR, Google, and Lenovo to give sight to smart devices such as drones, security cameras, AR/VR headsets, and more, but the company believes that these products are just the tip of the iceberg or a glimpse of what’s to come.

Low power, high potential

“When computers can see, they can become autonomous and that’s just the beginning. We’re on the cusp of big breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. In the years ahead, we’ll see new types of autonomous machines with more advanced capabilities as we make progress on one of the most difficult challenges of AI: getting our devices not just to see, but also to think,” El-Ouazzane stated.

El-Ouazzane also explained that as part of Intel, they will be able to tackle the challenges of making machines see on a cloud level, instead of at the device level. As for Intel, this acquisition means its RealSense technology will be available in more devices, even low-power devices that it has difficulty penetrating.

“We see massive potential for Movidius to accelerate our initiatives in new and emerging technologies,” said Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group. “The ability to track, navigate, map, and recognize both scenes and objects using Movidius’ low-power and high-performance SoCs opens up opportunities in areas where heat, battery life, and form factors are key.”

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