Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s not Intel’s first dealing with Ascending Technologies. In announcing the deal, Intel says it previously worked Ascending’s sense-and-avoid API into its Real Sense camera tech for use with drones.
That partnership may have been the jumping-off point for this deal, according to Intel:
With Ascending Technologies, Intel gains expertise and technology to accelerate the deployment of Intel RealSense technology into the fast growing drone market segment. We plan for the Ascending Technologies team to continue supporting their current customers while also collaborating with Intel’s Perceptual Computing team to develop UAV technology that can help drones fly with more awareness of their environments.
There’s no word on when Intel’s first drones with Real Sense technology may come out, or if you’ll even be able to buy one. It’s possible the deal (and subsequent drones) are meant entirely for enterprise use.
➤ Intel Acquires Ascending Technologies [Intel]