Intel’s Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender

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Intel on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision — a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality — to developers attending a conference in San Francisco.

Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster, but Intel thinks it will be a formula for success. At the center of Intel’s vision is its Project Alloy mobile headset and its cutting edge RealSense software.

The Alloy head-mounted device departs from other VR devices in that the headset housese all sensors and computing power. Other headsets either have cords that tether them to a computer or are wirelessly connected to a smartphone.

“This all-in-one form factor is something new for the VR industry,” said Brian Blau, a research director at Gartner.

“It’s exciting, because you can get everything you need in one place and take it with you,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Unlike VR headsets that offer a totally immersive experience, the Alloy headset uses Intel’s RealSense software to provide you with a combination of a virtual and real experience. For example, with RealSense you not only can see objects around you but also bring them into your virtual world.

“It takes away the need for sensors in a room to know where you are, and to use controllers to manipulate the environment that you’re in,” said Strategy Analytics’ Goodman.

“I haven’t seen anyone else doing that. Everyone is using some form of controller,” he pointed out.

Intel’s Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender