Use Intel’s New RealSense Kit To Build Powerful Vision-Armed Robots


We’re starting to see products using Intel’s RealSense technology (e.g. the Naked 3D Scanner) and we’re betting that we’ll see a lot more throughout the year. Intel, naturally, wants to hasten the process and what better way to do that than to encourage home tinkerers to experiment with the tech in their upcoming projects? The Intel RealSense Robotic Development Kit is the company’s attempt to make that happen.

No, they didn’t quite make a robot that you can program and customize like Willow Garage did a while back. Instead, it’s a kit consisting of a camera and a development board that Intel describes as a combo for bridging “the gap between rapid prototyping and productization.” Basically, it’s meant to provide makers with powerful building blocks for robotic and technological applications, so you can finally put together that Godzilla robot you’ve been meaning to build to take over the world. Or something like that.

The Intel RealSense Robotic Development Kit consists of the outfit’s RealSense 200 Camera and a development board similar in size to the Raspberry Pi. Designed to provide decent computing power, it comes with a quad-core Intel Atom x5 CPU, Intel HD 400 graphics, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, with built-in support for Ubuntu, although it should easily handle Windows, Android, and other Ubuntu flavors since this is just a standard Atom-based SoC. It comes with multiple built-in interfaces (USB 2, USB 3, Ethernet, eDP, CSI, HDMI, and I2S audio), along with a 40-pin general purpose bus for custom additions.

Slated to ship in June, the Intel RealSense Robotic Development Kit is priced at $249.99.

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2 Responses

  1. Thomas

    The RealSense will make it easier for people to create, design, and build their own prototype robot. Because of the RealSense many prototypes will get built that would have never had a chance before the RealSense. Out of all the new prototypes, a few of them will become manufactured and sold to the public. Although I am not a robot designer, I am excited that the RealSense will help get more robots out.

    The RealSense is designed to work with Ubuntu. If you use any other system such as Windows then the RealSense will still work, but you will have to find work-arounds. It makes sense to me simply to develop a robot using Ubuntu instead of making excess work by trying to use Windows or an unsupported Linux version.

  2. Jake

    Isn’t it strange how quickly robots and smart technology are becoming such a huge part of our everyday lives? And for $250 bucks?! I love how Intel just hands out these kits to people allowing them to become the creators of their own robot destiny. I wonder what kinds of things people will come up with. While I’ve yet to build a robot myself, seeing things like this makes me want to give it a shot. What’s the worst that could happen? The stats aren’t breathtakingly amazing but they are a wonderful start for those just looking for a project to take on. I’m excited for June to roll around so I can start reading reviews and seeing some customer videos of their creations.


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