Today saw Intel’s own show, the Intel Developer Forum, based in San Francisco, and now it seems that it’s not just its PC components that have contributed to the virtual reality (VR) scene. The CEO of Intel has now announced its own wireless head-mounted display (HMD), Project Alloy.
Project Alloy is an all-in-one VR HMD, completely self-contained and controlled by a separate controller. It seems as though it isn’t just a usual HMD as users can use their hands to interact with the virtual world they are in. The promotional video for this, which is featured below, asks what if you could use your hands in VR, if you could get reactions to your emotions, if you could experience things in “ultra-real high fidelity”, if you could change the story.
In a blog post made by CEO Brian Krzanich he claims that there are five parts that play into the merged reality technology that Project Alloy uses: six degrees of mobility, which allegedly lets you experience VR while the tech makes sure you don’t knock into things in real life; integrated tracking, which uses Intel RealSense cameras on the HMD and other connected devices; more natural manipulation, where users are “liberated from the controllers and the nun chucks of today’s VR systems by immersing your hands”; no cord; and digitiliased real world content.
Digitilised real world content seems to be the main concentration in the video below and generally. ” Rather than a single point of view, advancements like Intel’s Replay 360-degree technologies use encoded video and advanced composition algorithms captured from an array of cameras to digitize whole playing fields and venues — from any position, from any point of view, and with an enhanced ability to interact. This is a game changer for the entire category of virtual and augmented reality. You choose the experience, and you get to navigate real-world content in new ways.”
Intel will also be following suit in sharing its technology: “Intel will open the Alloy hardware and provide open APIs for the ecosystem, allowing developers and partners to create their own branded products from the Alloy design, in 2017.”
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