The biggest news out of the Intel Developer Forum this year is Project Alloy — Intel’s push in virtual and augmented reality.
INTEL’S PROJECT ALLOY
Project Alloy is a virtual reality headset that mixes elements of the real world - Intel is calling it “mixed reality.” It occupies a middle ground between VR, which is entirely virtual, and augmented reality, which adds virtual elements onto the real world.
“Project Alloy takes the cord off the virtual reality headset”
With Alloy, Intel is following a tried and trusted model. The headset will be further refined and in 2017 its hardware blueprint will be published. Other companies will be able to take the design as is or modify it and build their own headsets.
The hope is that it kick starts the market and that means more demand for Intel chips.
“At Intel we think this is going to be big. It’s going to be a big driver of innovation beecause it’s so different from anything else out there now.”
In a demo at IDF, the mixed reality concept was shown when a real Brian Krzanich appeared overlaid in a virtual world.
Intel is working with Microsoft, which demonstrated its Windows Holographic system.
And Microsoft has big plans for the software.
This will run on all levels of Windows 10 PC, even small ones like the Intel Nook, but the two companies will also be pushing consumers to more powerful machines.
The collaboration extends the close work the two companies have been involved in for years, pushing new PCs and chips along with new versions of the Windows operating system.
It’s stumbled in the last few years as Intel lost out to ARM and Microsoft lost to Android in the smartphone market. The virtual, mixed and augmented reality deal is one way the two companies hope to get back on track.