This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, focusing on the Intel Developers Forum.
Intel has fully embraced VR as its future, and Project Alloy is the latest indication of that.
“We believe the capability of Alloy and what is introduces is significant. It gives the opportunity to merge the physical and virtual world together.”
-Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO
The completely wireless virtual reality headset features all the necessary cameras, sensors, and input controls built-in.
According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Alloy has six-degrees-of-freedom, which basically gives you free motion in VR without restrictions.
The headset relies entirely on hand-tracking for input through integrated sensors.
Intel has also partnered with Microsoft to bring the Windows Holographic operating system to the Alloy platform so developers can easily build apps for the headset. Alloy’s hardware will be made open source in the second half of 2017 so “anyone can combine the Project Alloy hardware with Windows Holographic platform,” according to Krzanich.
All Windows 10 PCs will support HoloLens apps next year
A new partnership with Intel will make all future Windows 10 PCs compatible with mixed reality apps, according to Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson.
“All Windows 10 PCs next year will include a holographic shell.”
-Terry Myerson, referring to the Windows 10 SKU that runs on Microsoft’s HoloLens headset
PCs will work with a head-mounted display, according to Myerson, and run all Windows Holographic apps so wearers can interact with 2D apps in addition to 3D apps. They will be enabled through a future Windows Update, and the company’s existing Universal Windows app program.
Intel’s Project Euclid is a module aimed at bringing what’s needed to make robotics into a small, self-containted PC.
Euclid is based on Intel’s RealSense “perceptual computing” technology, according to Krzanich, and “brings sensors to any robot.”
Inside, it runs Linux and features an Atom processor, a current generation RealSense camera (as opposed to the upcoming RealSense 400), motion sensors, onboard communications capabilities, and a detachable battery.
According to Intel, Project Euclid will be available in the first quarter of 2017.
Tech Experience Labs
Lastly, Intel announced Tech Experience Labs, a Hollywood studio designed to produce 360-degree sports and entertainment virtual reality experiences.
The studio will build on the company’s existing 360 Replay technology, which froze the screen and rotated the view of action during the NBA Finals, to create new “merged reality” experiences where people can view all of the game’s action from anywhere.
“The whole field is digital. We’ll provide the technology to make it happen. You become the director of your merged reality experience.
“The idea is to be dedicated to push limits of our tech and understand how it can be used in production, to really redefine what is possible with the tech.”