Intel and new hardware sure gets people talking. They did even when the Intel Play toy line was a thing with that microscope they launched. Project Alloy is the big thing now.
And it has got the world buzzing, ever since Intel confirmed this virtual reality headset.
Today at CES 2017, the Consumer Electronics Show for short, the chip giant revealed more details on the headset, along with some of the specifications and even dropped some hints at the release date. Intel also demoed VR content at the event.
Brian Krzanich, the Intel CEO, took the stage at CES to talk about the efforts the company is making in the field of virtual and mixed reality, explaining that this area will be one of the main drivers of growth in the near future.
The people the in the attendance were then shown some virtual content on the Oculus Rift — a basketball game where they could see everything as if they were in the stands.
Intel also talked about its collaboration with Microsoft in the field of VR, saying that 2017 is the year that virtual and mixed reality go mainstream through the launch of Windows Holographic Shell on many new devices.
Project Alloy was also a talking point, the headset that is still in development. Intel call is a merged reality technology, since it is untethered and the wearer can move around the room in it.
The CEO also remarked on the headset, saying:
“The very definition of “reality” is changing. We are now developing what we call “merged reality” — in which the real world and the virtual worlds are seamlessly combined. I mean much more so than games like Pokemon Go. I mean Intel’s Project Alloy letting headset wearers use their real hands, rather than controllers, to manipulate virtual objects. Or, letting Alloy wearers walk around in a live-action, non-CGI video. Or, an auto company’s global engineering team simultaneously walking around the engine they are developing as if they were in the same room.”
The image above reveals some of the hardware specifications of Alloy, with the Intel CEO pointing out that the technology behind it will be licensed to other manufacturer this year.
Pricing details are not yet available, but OEMs might start shipping the Project Alloy headset by the fourth quarter of 2017.