Intel takes to the skies by purchasing a drone maker

Intel logoIn an effort to bolster its position in the growing "Internet of Things" market and the exploding unmanned air vehicle market, Intel is acquiring German drone company Ascending Technology. The purchase was announced today in a blog post by Josh Walden, Intel's senior vice president and general manager of the company's New Technology Group.

Ascending had previously partnered with Intel to use Intel's RealSense real-time depth sensing technology as part of its "sense and avoid" software, which helps drones detect objects and navigate around them safely. That software development is a key reason for the acquisition, Walden wrote. "With Ascending Technologies, Intel gains expertise and technology to accelerate the deployment of Intel RealSense technology into the fast growing drone market segment," he said. "We plan for the Ascending Technologies team to continue supporting their current customers while also collaborating with Intel’s Perceptual Computing team to develop UAV technology that can help drones fly with more awareness of their environments."

Intel takes to the skies by purchasing a drone maker

Ascending is focused on "professional" drones. The company sells unmanned systems packages based on its Falcon 8 drone for tasks like surveying, professional photography, and "precision agriculture" (using optical and infrared sensors to monitor crop growth, soil properties, and the need for application of fertilizer and pesticides). Ascending also offers a number of research-oriented drones for universities and robotics development laboratories, and the company's research drones are all based on Intel processors.

Source: Ars Technica

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