Tech journalist and enthusiasts were able to sample Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s virtual reality offering when the chipmaker launched the Project Alloy Headset at the 2017 consumer electronics show. While the virtual reality headset was not a finished product, it is understood that Intel’s hardware partners will be able to refine and polish it before it is shipped as a final product by year end. No information on the price has been released yet.
When compared to other products on the market, Intel’s headset emerged as one of the most self-contained ones especially when stacked against HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. This is because it has completely done away with cables and the sensors, screen, battery and other components have all been placed within the headset. This enables users to enjoy unhindered movement within a given space. The VR headset thus resembles the Hololens from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) than the traditional virtual reality headsets.
One of the advantages of Project Headset in comparison to other headsets is that it is extremely easy to set up. The degrees of mobility that the headset is able to track is six which is double what GearVR and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cardboard are capable of. To prevent users from bumping into objects, walls, or other people, Alloy possesses 3D cameras that put the real world into the virtual reality experience. It thus has a safety advantage over other offerings. Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras were first unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
Gesture and motion recognition
The computer vision technology that Alloy is depending on is from Movidius, a firm that was acquired recently by Intel. This technology assists in the recognition of gestures and other movements.
As an unfinished product, reviewers had a few things to lament about Alloy. One of the complaints was concerning the controller. Some reviewers likened it to the Google Daydream headset and said that it felt flimsy. The controller’s trackpad was also lacking in quality especially when compared to headsets on the premium end of the market.
In Friday’s trading session, shares of Intel Corporation edged up by 0.22% to close the day at $36.79 a piece.