Project Euclid

by GDP Venture
Project Euclid

If you are thinking about robotics platform you can put in your pocket, Intel’s project Euclid could do its magic in order to bring sensors to any robot or Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

At Intel’s Developer Forum 2016 few days ago, the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA, Intel demonstrated its latest cameras and previewed a self-contained RealSense computer in a box the size of a candy bar.

The official statement about Euclid Developer Kit says this device integrates sense, compute, and connect capabilities in an all-in-one candy bar size form-factor. Equipped with a RealSense camera, an Intel® Atom™ processor, and wireless connectivity, the kit comes pre-installed with a developer-friendly utility application. This plug-and-play platform gives developers the ability to quickly and easily create applications with RealSense.  The Intel® Euclid™ Developer Kit is ideal for researchers, makers and robotics developers.

It runs Linux and has an Atom processor, a RealSense camera, motion sensors, onboard communications capabilities, and a detachable battery. Basically, it's meant to bring a bunch of things needed to build robotics into a small, self-contained PC.

An on-stage demonstration at IDF showed it in action. Simply attach Euclid to a robot, and suddenly it can see and sense the world around it. Intel says Project Euclid will be available in the first quarter of 2017. Also, it uses the current generation of Intel's RealSense camera, not the upcoming RealSense 400 camera.

Intel predicts it'll end up the heart of many a DIY robotics project, complete with a simplistic drag-and-drop programming UI that lives in the browser.

Intel sees Euclid as a starting point for developers looking to get started in computer vision on robots, much as its existing $399 Intel Aero platform does for drone smarts. Indeed, the on-stage demo saw Euclid clipped into a 3D printed robot and then, with a little drag and drop in the browser-based programming interface, able to follow a human aroun

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