Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled Project Alloy, an all-in-one virtual reality solution during his opening keynote at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum.
Project Alloy will be offered as an open platform for developers by 2017, and promises some exciting features to look forward to:
Untethered freedom: Dispenses with wires for an all-in-one, cable-free experience. All the processing power will be located in the VR headset itself. This allows “a free range of motion with 6 degrees-of-freedom across a large space”. This, combined with collision detection and avoidance, enables the user to utilize physical movement to explore a virtual space.
Immersiveness: Intel is touting “merged reality” – a combination of the real and virtual worlds that you see concurrently and combined with Intel’s “RealSense” technology will make it possible to interact with both.
No external sensors: Intel’s RealSense cameras mounted on the HMD (Head Mounted Display) does not require setting up separate external sensors like with the Vive or the Rift. Everything you need is in that one device.
Open platform: Intel is making both the hardware and the APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) available to developers, makers and inventors, as well as collaborating with Microsoft to optimize Windows content and programs for Intel Alloy based VR devices.