Intel To Launch A Full PC As An Open-source VR Headset: Project Alloy

ntel CEO Brian Krzanich kicked off its . It was being expected that Intel will announce some new project dealing with virtual reality.

The company announced a new headset platform named Project Alloy during Intel’s annual Intel Developer Forum in San Fransisco on Tuesday. It will be developed as a head-mounted wire-free VR (Virtual Reality) headset that will feature a pair of RealSense cameras to scan the real world; a technology that Intel calls “five-finger detection” of the real world.

Alloy is different from Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in the sense that users do not need to connect Alloy to a PC because all the processing happens inside the VR headset. Interestingly, Intel Alloy runs Windows 10 Holographic OS, Microsoft’s AR/VR-enabled version of Windows.

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Although Project Alloy is a VR device different from Microsoft HoloLens, Intel executives mentioned something called “merged reality”. In their description of what that is they said,

Merged reality delivers virtual world experiences more dynamically and naturally than ever before – and makes experiences impossible in the real world now possible.
The Partnership with Microsoft
Microsoft’s OS chief, Terry Myerson was also present during the event and he announced that the Redmond giant plans to release a Windows 10 update to enable Windows Holographic.

It is of great importance to note that Intel is also partnering with Microsoft to develop specifications in order to ensure that mainstream PCs are able to run VR. This will benefit both companies and the consumers too because the current VR headsets need costly gaming PCs and the cheaper ones need smartphones. This is the collaboration that will bring VR experience to all Windows 10 PCs.

According to Krzanich,

What this means is that anybody can take the Alloy hardware, combined with Windows Holographic, to any manufacturer they choose.

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Alloy Will Be Made Open Source

Intel has a plan to open source Alloy hardware in 2017 and share the APIs and this will allow developers create their own VR headsets as was clearly stated by Krzanich via Intel Newsroom:

Intel will open-source the Alloy hardware, allowing everybody to create their own branded products

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