Intel buys German drone firm Ascending Applied sciences
Intel has signed on the dotted line to accumulate Ascending Applied sciences, a German drone firm specializing in detect-and-keep away from techniques for UAVs. Ascending Applied sciences helped Intel exhibit throughout its CES 2015 keynote with a recreation of “drone ping pong,” which demonstrated a hovering drone that routinely moved away from approaching individuals and obstacles. The flying robotic, referred to as the AscTec Firefly, was outfitted with six of Intel’s RealSense depth cameras.
This acquisition alerts Intel’s dedication the UAV enterprise, which it calls “an essential computing platform of the longer term.” Ascending Applied sciences will proceed to help its present clients whereas partnering with Intel’s Perceptual Computing staff on the event of setting-conscious drones, Intel says.
Intel’s acquisition follows an analogous transfer just lately made by fellow chip-maker, Qualcomm. Qualcomm is diving into drones with the Snapdragon Flight platform, a system based mostly on its Snapdragon 801 processor that goals to simplify UAV improvement.