One day, your computer might be able to see you as well as you can see it -- at least if Intel has its way. According to Ars Technica, the company recently announced that it's acquiring Movidius, which makes computer vision processors that you'd find in DJI drones and Lenovo's Phab2 Pro phone.
Intel is hoping to use Movidius' tech to further enhance its RealSense camera technology and get a leg up in the augmented reality wars.
For the uninitiated, RealSense uses depth-sensing technology to create 3D-images. The camera also has some biometric use cases, as I experienced firsthand playing NeverMind. Combined with Movidius' expertise, Intel foresees aggressively pursuing the augmented, virtual and mixed-reality markets as well as a digital security camera.
Intel also touted the Movidius' low-power, high-performance platforms, which will come in handy for devices like the Phab2 Pro. The AR-centric device is equipped with a massive 4.050 mAH battery to try to stave off the rapid battery drain. Hopefully, Intel will find a way to conserve energy and create a smaller, more consumer-friendly versions of this mobile technology.
But back to seeing computers. In its press release, Intel calls cameras the eyes of a computer, the CPU the brain and the vision processor the visual cortex.
Movidius has also begun creating algorithms for deep learning, navigation and mapping, which can allow RealSense cameras to work with artificial intelligence tech to create more natural reactions when interacting with humans.
Imagine your computer or phone not only using your face recognition to unlock it, but also reading your mood to determine if you want to hear some soothing music or see certain social updates. It's an exciting (and somewhat terrifying) prospect, and now it's closer to reality.