Intel® RealSense™ T265 Tracking Camera - Fusing Vision and IMU Data

Intel® Corporation has recently launched its Intel® RealSense™ T265 Tracking Camera, introducing a new class of stand‑alone simultaneous localization and mapping device. The compact camera’s tracking is based on visual and inertial sensor fusion and brings SLAM visual mapping to autonomous devices. The T265 plug-and-play device outputs 6 DoF data for precise mapping for the exact orientation and navigation of robots, drones and an immersive experience in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Intel® RealSense devices are available from global vision partner FRAMOS.

The Intel® RealSense™ T265 Tracking Camera uses inputs from dual fisheye cameras and a Bosch IMU along with its own processor on board. The Movidius MA215x ASIC provides edge processing capabilities to provide the host system with 6 DoF poses. These real-time six degrees of freedom measurements enhance translation and rotation data which is crucial for pose estimation for autonomous devices, and for detecting the environment to move without collisions or other errors. The camera’s SLAM system helps machines and devices to navigate in warehouses, at logistic centers and other places without GPS.

Darren Bessette, Category Manager Devices at FRAMOS, says: “Until now, developers were heavily challenged to use a single IMU or vision sensor to measure both orientation and translation in space. Intel’s T265 hybrid approach improves the precision of pose estimation for drones, robots and the immersive experience in AR/VR applications based on the paired strengths of both measuring methods. Saving development time and resources, this precise 6 DoF poses output is a huge improvement in a ready-to-embed camera device having such a small form factor. Intel’s T265 tracking camera makes precise 3D pose estimation available off-the-shelf for building autonomous devices on the edge.”

The Intel® RealSense™ T265 Tracking Camera has one main board which includes all components on a single board. Middleware processing is provided directly on the Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 MA215x ASIC chip, which enables a higher CPU performance in order to provide the host system with 6 DoF poses with low latency. The Bosch BMI055 IMU provides an accelerometer and gyroscope with high sample rates in a single package while the OV9282 fisheye camera contains a monochrome Global Shutter image sensor with more than 160-degree view, complemented by an IR cut filter. The T265 camera comes with USB 3.0 support, though USB 2.0 video streaming is sufficient for running the system.

Industry and product experts at FRAMOS are available to support customers with the integration of these new cameras in their applications and projects. In addition, FRAMOS provides services like development support, AI enhancement, customization, and logistics.

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