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Intel unveils ‘merged reality’ with Project Alloy device [S&T]

  • Signalling Intel’s goal of taking centre stage in the fields of virtual reality, machine learning and connected devices, CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled a host of technologies and products that he said would make the impossible possible.
  • ‘Merged reality’ is a new way of experiencing virtual reality and real world together, using cutting-edge technology.
  • The merged reality is more dynamic and natural, and allows people to do things that are now impossible.
  • It goes beyond virtual reality, that it digitises the real world and allows people to experience the virtual world without coming into conflict with the real world.
  • One example is playing two musical instruments at the same time: a virtual piano with one hand and a cello with the other. Or one could go right into the centre of a basketball court and watch the match.
  • Project Alloy is device that creates merged reality. It is headset that uses Real Sense technology enabling people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world. There is no need for cables to connect to the computer.
  • While virtual reality has gone mainstream, merged reality needs the right software and hardware; and Intel is collaborating with technology companies to make that possible.