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This article was published on September 6, 2016

Intel acquires Google’s Project Tango partner Movidius

Intel acquires Google’s Project Tango partner Movidius
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Intel has acquired computer vision firm Movidius, which partnered with Google to develop 3D space mapping technology for Project Tango devices. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With its latest purchase, Intel is set to build on its RealSense technology, which allows for measuring depth in physical spaces and is used in drones to help them avoid obstacles, as well as in webcams for applications like motion capture and 3D object scanning.

Movidius, which has bases in California, Romania and Ireland, has also seen its tech integrated into Project Tango devices like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, which uses special cameras to map spaces like the interiors of malls and to enable augmented reality functions such as visualizing furniture in your home before buying it.

The company noted that, following its acquisition, it will continue to focus on its mission to “give the power of sight to machines,” and execute at scale with Intel’s backing.

Intel’s senior vice president of New Technologies Group, Josh Walden, said in a blog post that the purchase of Movidius will bring his company access to “low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision applications.” He added:

Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense capabilities to fruition.

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