Among other announcements today, including a new VR reference design and a partnership with Microsoft to bring mixed reality to the mainstream, Intel said it has created a module aimed at robotics makers and developers.
Called Project Euclid, the module is based on Intel's RealSense "perceptual computing" technology. It's a small, candy bar-sized stick that "brings sensors to any robot," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during the company's keynote.
All the stuff you need to build robots, in a small, self-contained PC
It runs Linux and has an Atom processor, a RealSense camera, motion sensors, onboard communications capabilities, and a detachable battery. Basically, it's meant to bring a bunch of things needed to build robotics into a small, self-contained PC.
"We believe Euclid is just perfect for developers," Krzanich said. "It offers the ability to sense with RealSense, motion sensors, and software tools to use as well."
It's unclear exactly when Project Euclid will be available (or, if Intel said it during the flurry of announcements this morning we missed it), but we'll update when we have more info.
Update: Intel says Project Euclid will be available in the first quarter of 2017. Also, it uses the current generation of Intel's RealSense camera, not the upcoming RealSense 400 camera.