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Intel's $399 Euclid computer has a depth camera and everything else you need to build a robot

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Intel's Euclid development kit was announced last year, and now it's finally ready. First spotted by Liliputing, it's full of last year’s specs, like a RealSense ZR300 depth camera, an Atom x7-8700 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. In addition to the camera, the system includes the whole suite of motion and location sensors you'd expect on a modern smartphone, plus ambient light detection, a barometer, a thermal sensor, a noise-canceling microphone, and a mono speaker. There's also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. A Micro HDMI plug means you can use it as a computer while you’re setting it up, but a 2,000mAh battery makes it portable.

Out of the box, the system runs Ubuntu 16.04, with ROS (Robot Operating System) and RealSense support preinstalled. Hardware-wise, you can probably cobble together something similarly powerful for $399, but it's nice to have all these features in one tidy package. ROS is the standard for robotics tinkerers, and Euclid has most of the brains and sensors you'd need for a robot — you just need to bring a body.

Euclid is up for preorder now. It will start shipping on May 31st.