Intel has announced it is acquiring Ascending Technologies, a drone developer and manufacturer. According to Intel, drones are quickly becoming the computing platform of the future, and it wants to be at the forefront of this opportunity.
“With Ascending Technologies, Intel gains expertise and technology to accelerate the deployment of Intel RealSense technology into the fast-growing drone market segment,” wrote Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager at Intel, in a blog post. “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 and Ascending Technologies have partnered in the past to combine Intel RealSense’s real-time depth-sensing capabilities with Ascending sense-and-avoid algorithms.