Instead, the company will focus on the production of processors.
The company is closing the division, as it is investing more and more efforts in the core business of manufacturing chips, CRN writes with reference to an Intel representative.
RealSense computer vision technology was intended for use in almost all areas-from robot navigation to facial recognition.
According to the company’s managers, the technology was not a mass product of Intel, and the division did not make a profit. According to vice president Kent Tibbils, few customers bought RealSense cameras in any significant quantities-from 10 to 40 at a time.
The closure of RealSense became known two weeks after the departure of the head of the Saga Ben Moshe division from his post. CEO Pat Gelsinger seeks to strengthen the production of computers and chips in order to return the company to market leadership, the newspaper writes.
Intel will continue to fulfill its obligations to current RealSense customers, but the employees of the division will move to other positions.
For the first time, RealSense 3D cameras were introduced in 2014, writes The Verge. They tracked movements on laptops, similar to the Kinect motion controller technology for Xbox.
In 2015, Intel introduced a drone with RealSense tracking technology.
In 2016, the company introduced a VR headset and a drone that can bypass obstacles.
In 2021, Intel released the RealSense Touchless Control program for contactless control — it was intended, for example, for cash terminals.
In August, Xiaomi introduced a robot dog that uses RealSense cameras to determine the depth.