Intel releases new RealSense camera for just $79

What you need to know

  • Intel's newest RealSense camera is available for preorder for $79.
  • The camera is designed to lower the entry cost for depth measuring technology.
  • It uses the open-source Intel RealSense SDK 2.0.

Intel announced the new Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 today. The depth-sensing camera uses coded light to measure the depth of objects. The camera is available for preorder for $79.

The SR305 camera projects multiple coded light patterns onto surfaces to improve its accuracy of an object. Its aimed at beginners to depth technology and programmers and developers just "getting [their] feet wet" according to Intel. It is optimized for use between 0.2-1.5 meters. The camera provides a 640x480 depth resolution at 60 frames per second.

The SR305 runs the open-source Intel REalSense SDK 2.0. Face analytics and tracking, scanning and mapping, scene segmentation, hand and finger tracking, and augmented reality are all available on the camera through apps.

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