Intel Buys the Company That Gives Machines “The Power of Sight”

Having missed out on the mobile chip market, and lagging behind in supplying the hardware for the burgeoning field of AI, Intel wants to acquire its way to the vanguard of the next emerging trend. Its latest move: buying up Movidius, a firm that makes computer vision chips used in drones and smart devices. The self-stated mission of Movidius, one of MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies of 2016, is to give machines “the power of sight,” a goal they primarily achieve using their “vision processing units.” The chips have already found their way into drones made by DJI, where they are used to sense and avoid obstacles, and Google’s augmented reality system Tango. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich goes for a spin in some Movidius-powered gear. In a statement, Movidius cited Intel’s RealSense…


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