Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled Project Alloy on Tuesday, a new wireless virtual reality headset that leverages the company's RealSense 3-D camera technology.
"Project Alloy is completely contained," said Krzanich on stage at the company's developer conference in San Francisco. "It's a completely self-contained virtual world, all in one package. To me, that's what virtual reality means."
What makes Intel's solution different to other virtual reality headsets (like Facebook's Oculus headset) is that all of the sensors and computing power needed to deliver virtual reality and "merged reality" experiences — combining elements of real and virtual worlds — will be embedded in the headset, called the Alloy Head-Mounted Device.
Combined with collision detection and avoidance technology, this enables the wearer to move around while exploring virtual worlds, unencumbered by wires and without fear of bumping into things. It also lets them see and use their hands to interact with virtual objects and incorporate their real-world environment into mixed reality experiences.
Merged reality, also called mixed reality technology, captures and creates digital representations of real-world things through sensors, then digitizes them and merges them with virtual reality elements. (See here for an explanation of the differences between virtual, augmented and mixed reality.)