At this year’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Intel’s chief executive Brian Krzanich unveiled some of the company’s projects designed to bring VR into real-world and vice versa.
Krzanich’s keynote speech was preceded by a strange music demonstration with a pianist that required only a pair of high-tech gloves to sing a tune and a master percussion using just a pair of sticks to produce a background beat.
But Krzanich said that Intel’s plans go far beyond art. In his speech, dubbed “Inventing the Future: The Power of a Smart and Connected World,” he laid out other projects including video games, robots, smart cities and homes, and interactive movies.
“We’re truly inventing a world we can’t experience today,”
He also explained that the bizarre concert was a demonstration of the so called “merged reality,” a technology Intel architects are heavily working on. Unlike in virtual reality (VR), merged reality allows real-world objects and people blend into the virtual world and vice versa.
Krzanich also pinpointed four topics his company is currently interested in: cloud computing; a redefinition of computing as we know it; encouraging innovation; and visual intelligence.
The CEO unveiled Project Alloy, a state-of-the-art VR headset equipped with special cameras to monitor changes in position. One of the attendees who tested the device said that he could see an X-Ray of his hands and actually have a virtual look at his own bones.
The handset also allowed a user to use a dollar bill to “mold” a piece of gold in whatever shape he wanted – another demonstration of merged reality in action.
A senior VP from Microsoft, Terry Myerson, was also present in the room. Myerson discussed how apps can shape the real world, a topic his company has been interested in ever since it started working on Hololens.
Myerson added that “Windows Holographic experience” will change the way users perceive Windows 10 experience starting next year. The new tech will transform the desktop into a virtual ground with endless possibilities (see video below).
Additionally according to the MS VP, HoloLens’s functionality has been enhanced in the meantime. Users can now upload encyclopedia entries into the headset to give them a first-person perspective of history events and real-world locations.
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