(ZDNet) — Savioke, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that makes robots for the hospitality industry, has developed a wrapper for Intel’s RealSense camera. Savioke’s robots run on the open-source Robotic Operating System, and the company, like many promising startups in the space, is a devout believer in the open-source ethos. Until recently, bot makers looking to incorporate 3D sensing on the cheap have relied on a sensor made by Israeli company PrimeSense. However, in late 2013, PrimeSense was acquired by Apple for $350 million, an indication of just how much potential the Cupertino-based giant sees in 3D-sensing technology.
The wrapper will allow developers to make use of the RealSense Camera, which enables robots to sense rich three-dimensional environments. “Intel RealSense Cameras bring great low-cost depth sensing to robotics in a platform that is widely available and easy to integrate using ROS,” said Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke.Tags: Intel, RealSense, Robotic Operating System, robotics, Savioke, Steve Cousins