Modern technology is only just beginning to scratch the surface of the potential the Virtual Technology field holds for the market. There are already several VR headsets available for purchase such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. However, there is still enough room for innovation. At the moment, none of the products can compare with the completely immersive experience described in movies and books. However, 2017 looks like a promising year in this field. Intel announced at CES 2017 press conference that their product would receive probably the best VR enhancement so far.
Project Alloy will introduce the first untethered VR headset to the global market. This Wednesday, Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, announced that their new product would be available somewhere in the fourth quarter of this year. If the launch date is respected, the concept will celebrate one year and a half since its first announcement at the Intel Developer Forum.
Project Alloy will bring the best VR enhancement within any household. Thanks to its powerful technology, consumers will no longer depend on a computer connection. The headsets will be standalone and thus capable of providing high-quality virtual reality. The device will contain front-facing cameras. These will record the user’s environment and make the surroundings a part of the VR experience.
At the moment, VR fans can only choose between two options. They can either select a headset such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that is obligatory tethered to a computer, or they can insert their smartphones in a special slot. This slot turns the mobile devices into VR headsets, and at the moment such a product is offered by Samsung Gear VR and DayDream View from Google. Project Alloy promises to offer a product that is independent of third parties.
Such a VR enhancement needs special gear. Project Alloy will enjoy the new Intel processor, battery, display, headphones, RealSense cameras, and many others that will make the VR experience as immersive as possible. The users will be able to choose to either overlay their VR apps over their environment or replace the surroundings with entirely different images.
The new Alloy project will also eliminate one of the bothering aspects of today’s VR products. The users are at the moment having trouble avoiding accidents while using their headsets. However, Intel can actually be in a race with some of its competitors. Oculus is also preparing a similar VR product.
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