Intel's Project Alloy Impresses, Proves VR Tech Still Outpaces Content
This week at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, computer hardware and component manufacturer Intel showed off a bunch of new and exciting technology—and even stirred up some controversy when it came out sort of in support of Apple’s revolt against the headphone jack.
But the news that’s getting the most attention from the event is its introduction of a revolutionary new take on virtual reality. Intel debuted to the public its Project Alloy platform, a truly-wireless virtual reality headset that combines front-facing 3D cameras, sensors, and other on-board components to create a “Merged Reality” experience (Intel’s words) that frees the user from being tethered to a computer or other external device, and allows them to interact with the virtual environment with their actual hands. It’s all powered by Intel’s RealSense motion tracking technology, which, as was presented at CES last year, taught a drone how to fly on its own.
Intel demoed their tech during the forum’s keynote.