Intel debuts Project Alloy VR headset at CES 2017
At the CES 2017, Intel demoed its in-the-works Project Alloy VR headset, which turns pre-scanned room furniture into a game scene in virtual reality. The idea of transforming real environment into virtual reality is something Intel is referring to as Mixed Reality. According to CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel is expected to provide this technology to VR manufacturers by the end of this year, since Intel wouldn’t be developing a headset itself.
What really sets the Project Alloy headset, first unveiled in August last year, apart from Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is that the Intel’s VR headset does not require to be tethered to a PC separately. It has its own built-in computer and battery, which allows the headset to be used wirelessly.
Intel’s Project Alloy tech which combines Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in a cohesive unit will be open source. This means, any hardware manufacturer will have the access to the technology. Intel however is skeptical of the Project Alloy really taking off. This is primarily because OMEs may have conflict of interest with each other working on the same technology.