Microsoft and Intel to support Mixed Reality Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) could soon find common ground through Mixed Reality (MR), if Intel and Microsoft have a say in it. Though VR and AR have been touted as the next big thing in computing, their uptake has been limited due to the computing power required and the need to be tied to a phone or PC. Intel and Microsoft are looking to change that.
At Intel's annual developer forum last week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled Project Alloy, an all-in-one virtual reality solution made from the ground up. The Alloy platform, which completely redefines what is possible in an all-in-one VR platform, highlights the future of merged reality that mixes AV with VR, by leveraging Intel RealSense technology.
Alloy allows you to operate without cords dangling from your VR headset connecting to the computer. With the computing power located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), the user can experience a free range of motion in all directions. Using RealSense technology, the Alloy’s merged reality lets you see your hands, your friends, or the wall you are about to run into, while at the same time allowing you to interact with elements of the virtual world.
At the conference, Microsoft's Windows chief, Terry Myerson, announced a partnership with the chip maker that will see all future Windows 10 PCs supporting mixed reality applications.
"All Windows 10 PCs next year will include a holographic shell," Myerson said, the same operating system that runs on the company's HoloLens headset. PCs will work with a head-mounted display, and run all Windows Holographic applications, Myerson said, allowing wearers to interact not just with 3D applications but also 2D apps. Microsoft will enable these apps through a future Windows update and the company's universal Windows app platform.