Most of the viewers for the existing virtual reality currently on the market is divided into two categories: low-cost and low-power models that use the smartphone to display and processing and more expensive premium models, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, who connect to your PC with a cable. But at IDF 2016, Intel has introduced an all-in-one display that works without cables and connected devices: his name is Project Alloy and is still a prototype, but it allows us to get an idea on the concept of VR to Santa Clara.
Project Alloy is a viewer that looks much like the Google Cardboard rather than Oculus Rift, just because it has external threads, but the processor, battery, cameras and all other components useful for its operation are integrated within. And its possible (and potential) applications were summarized by Intel in a short demo.
The viewer of Santa Clara using a double Intel RealSense camera, can detect the depth and bring the real world objects in a virtual environment. This allows you to cross a room or any 3D space of the real world, while the virtual reality will react to your movement. For example: if you find in front of a wall or a person, Alloy Project will project an image VR relative and cameras Realsense detect your hands and read the movements of the five fingers, thus opening the door for the use of virtual tools as a controller.
Intel has not released many details about the technical configuration, so we do not know what the embedded processor and the technologies developed to realize Alloy Project, but the company announced work with Microsoft to the part of the software platform, based on its Windows Holographic . At the end of the development, Alloy Project will be an open-source platform, open to anyone who wants to use Intel technology to build its own viewer based on his project.