Intel has been making some serious moves this month. Just a while back it announced a partnership with ARM to bring more chips out for the mobile sector, now it's ready to take on the emerging market with their new all-in-one VR headset, Project Alloy. Unlike its chief competitors the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive however, Intel's Project Alloy is completely wireless.
It's an all-in-one VR head mounted display which equips Intel RealSense technology and also requires no controllers. Intel RealSense Technology utilizes a Full HD camera which allows you to scan real world objects and create digital copies to use in the VR world. So say you're playing a game, if you're interested in putting a real world object in it then just look at it for a few seconds and it will simulate and render the object into your game. Similarly you can use this technology to scan copies of objects for sharing on social media and more.
This concept is being touted as merged reality. Basically you have three realities excluding the one you're in right now, Augmented, Virtual and Merged. One can say that merged reality is actually a subtype of both of these.
At this stage however, the simulation of objects is at a relatively low graphical quality:
However, the development kit will be released to developers for improvement. Fully developed solutions are expected to be available in 2017 and it's expected that they'll be going out under different branding.
Currently one startup has developed an augmented reality headset by the name of Daqri, which is a helmet for construction workers and an image can be seen below. A smartphone VR headset has also been made by IonVR.
Project Alloy certainly stands out from its competitor in use of the technology as well being an all-in-one headset; complete wireless and now powered by a desktop, surely the end goal for all VR headsets?
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